TV presenter Mao Kobayashi, 34, dies after battle with breast cancer

Pop­u­lar tele­vi­sion pre­sen­ter Mao Kobayashi, 34, died Thurs­day night after a more than two-year bat­tle with breast can­cer, her hus­band and kabu­ki star Ebi­zo said Fri­day.

I was watch­ing the moment she breathed her last breath. At that moment, she said ‘I love you,’ ” Ebi­zo, 39, said at a news con­fer­ence held just after his ear­ly after­noon per­for­mance at The­ater Cocoon in Tokyo’s Shibuya Ward.

Mao Kobayashi is seen on a TV pro­gram broad­cast in Jan­u­ary. | NIPPON TELEVISION NETWORK CORP. / VIA KYODO

I knew I was being loved. But the fact that she loved me until the very last moment … I don’t know what to say,” Ebi­zo said, shed­ding tears. “She was the per­son who changed me.”

What I’ve learned and will con­tin­ue to be taught by her is love.”

Ebi­zo, who at times strug­gled to con­tin­ue, said Kobayashi lost her abil­i­ty to speak on Thurs­day. After receiv­ing a mes­sage from his moth­er-in-law about her crit­i­cal con­di­tion, he returned home. Thank­ful­ly, she was still alive, Ebi­zo said.

Kobayashi’s fam­i­ly mem­bers, includ­ing the couple’s two young chil­dren, were present at the moment she died, Ebi­zo said. “We were able to spend real­ly pre­cious time togeth­er,” he said.

Kobayashi was diag­nosed with breast can­cer in Octo­ber 2014. She and her fam­i­ly hid her con­di­tion from the pub­lic for more than a year, but in June 2016, a tabloid news­pa­per report­ed the ill­ness, prompt­ing Ebi­zo to con­firm the grim news in a news con­fer­ence in which he described her con­di­tion as “seri­ous.”

Three months after­ward, Kobayashi broke her silence by start­ing a blog about her bat­tle. On her blog, called Koko­ro (Heart), Kobayashi open­ly talked about the dis­ease and her dai­ly life, includ­ing hair loss from the chemother­a­py and her love for her fam­i­ly.

Kobayashi was includ­ed in the 2016 edi­tion of the BBC’s 100 Women list and was cred­it­ed for inspir­ing can­cer patients and many oth­ers with her blog.

Through the blog, she shared her sor­row and hap­pi­ness with those who were also strug­gling with the same dis­ease,” Ebi­zo said, call­ing her an amaz­ing, lov­ing per­son.

Kobayashi post­ed her last blog entry on Tues­day morn­ing, say­ing she looked for­ward to her mother’s hand­made orange juice, which was fresh­ly squeezed every day.

I hope all of you will have some­thing to smile about today,” she wrote.

She want­ed to be a per­son who can inspire many, so she bat­tled the ill­ness very hard. That’s why she began blog­ging,” Ebi­zo said.

Kobayashi start­ed her TV career as a weath­er reporter in 2003. She also appeared on news and vari­ety pro­grams before mar­ry­ing Ebi­zo in 2010. The cou­ple had their first child, a girl, in 2011 and a boy in 2013.

Ichikawa Ebi­zo fights back tears at a news con­fer­ence Fri­day in Toky­o’s Shibuya Ward, fol­low­ing the death of his wife, Mao Kobayashi, the pre­vi­ous day. | SATOKO KAWASAKI


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Edit DeAk

Edit DeAk (/ˈdæk/;[1] for­mer­ly deAk; née Deak; Sep­tem­ber 16, 1948 – June 9, 2017) was a Hun­gar­i­an-born Amer­i­can art crit­ic and writer, co-founder of the jour­nal Art-Rite and the non-prof­it book­store and artist book dis­trib­u­tor, Print­ed Mat­ter, Inc.[1]


Edit DeAk
Edit Deak

September 16, 1948

Died June 9, 2017 (aged 68)
Other names Edit deAk
Occupation Art critic
Years active 1972–2017
Known for Art-Rite
Printed Matter, Inc

Early life and education

DeAk was born Edit Deak in Budapest, Hun­gary, to Elvi­ra (née Csutkai) and Béla Deak.[1]

In 1968, DeAk escaped Com­mu­nist Hun­gary in the trunk of a car into Yugoslavia. She and her hus­band, Peter Grosz, even­tu­al­ly came to New York City via Italy.[1]

In 1972, DeAk received a B.A. in Art His­to­ry from Colum­bia Uni­ver­si­ty.[1]


After tak­ing an art crit­i­cism class taught by Bri­an O’Do­her­ty, DeAk, and two fel­low Colum­bia stu­dents—Wal­ter Robin­son and Joshua Cohn—were invit­ed to write for the pub­li­ca­tion Art in Amer­i­ca, where O’Do­her­ty was an edi­tor. DeAk was ini­tial­ly puz­zled that an estab­lished pub­li­ca­tion want­ed to recruit “baby blood,” though she, Robin­son, and Cohn still wrote for Art in Amer­i­ca.[2] How­ev­er, DeAk and her cohorts even­tu­al­ly dreamed of start­ing their own mag­a­zine, and pro­posed ideas of print­ing a news­pa­per insert in Art in Amer­i­ca. DeAk, Robin­son, and Cohn lat­er enrolled in the Whit­ney Inde­pen­dent Study Pro­gram, where the idea to pub­lish a mag­a­zine resur­faced.[2][3] Thus, the art mag­a­zine Art-Rite was found­ed in 1973.

In its con­cep­tion, DeAk aimed for Art-Rite to have “a whole new tone and atti­tude,” by address­ing issues with humor and pro­mot­ing uncon­ven­tion­al forms of art, such as street art and per­for­mance art.[2][4] Fur­ther­more, DeAk and her col­leagues cre­at­ed a very sym­bi­ot­ic rela­tion­ship between Art-Rite and the artis­tic com­mu­ni­ty, as the mag­a­zines were freely giv­en away, “in recog­ni­tion of the com­mu­ni­ty which nur­tures it.”[2]

In 1974, DeAk ini­ti­at­ed a series ded­i­cat­ed to video, per­for­mance art, and read­ings at the Artists Space gallery, where she was work­ing as a part-time assis­tant. [1]

In 1976, while Art-Rite was still reg­u­lar­ly pub­lished, DeAk, along with Robin­son, Sol LeWitt, Carl Andre, Lucy Lip­pard, Pat Steir, Ire­na Von Zahn, Mimi Wheel­er, and Robin White, found­ed the art space, orga­ni­za­tion, and pub­li­ca­tion com­pa­ny Print­ed Mat­ter Inc.

DeAk wrote for many New York-based arts mag­a­zines. Through their con­nec­tion and close asso­ci­a­tion at Print­ed Mat­ter, Inc, DeAk wrote arti­cles for Art­fo­rum edi­tor in chief, Ingrid Sis­chy, as well as for Inter­view, ZG, Art Ran­dom, among oth­ers.[5]

Personal life

At the age of 18, DeAk mar­ried an artist named Peter Grosz, who lat­er was known as Peter Grass. They even­tu­al­ly divorced.[1]

The penul­ti­mate decades of DeAk’s life were plague with poor health heavy drug use. At the age of 68, DeAk died of pneu­mo­nia and acute res­pi­ra­to­ry stress syn­drome-relat­ed com­pli­ca­tions in New York City.[1][6]

Works and publications

See also




  1. Spee­gle, Trey (9 June 2017). “#RIP: Art Crit­ic, Edit DeAk”. The WOW Report.

Further reading

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Hans Breder, artist, UI professor emeritus, dies at 81

Uni­ver­si­ty of Iowa pro­fes­sor emer­i­tus and long­time direc­tor of UI’s Inter­me­dia Pro­gram Hans Bred­er died Sun­day at the age of 81.

This file pho­to from the 1980s shows Hans Bred­er, a pro­fes­sor emer­i­tus in the Uni­ver­si­ty of Iowa’s School of Art and Art His­to­ry. Bred­er died June 18, 2017, at age 81.
Press-Cit­i­zen file pho­to

Bred­er cre­at­ed UI’s Inter­me­dia Pro­gram in the School of Art and Art His­to­ry in 1968 and direct­ed it until 2000. He is cred­it­ed with devel­op­ing the con­cept of inter­me­dia as a spe­cial way of deal­ing with per­for­mance and media art.

Hans was all about his art; real­ly all about his art,” said his wife, Bar­bara Welch Bred­er.

Born in Ger­many, Bred­er first moved to the Unit­ed States in 1964 when he secured a fel­low­ship in New York.

Uni­ver­si­ty of Iowa pro­fes­sor emer­i­tus Hans Bred­er pos­es in his home on Tues­day, Oct. 21, 2014.
David Scrivn­er / Iowa City Press

He came to UI in 1966 and devel­oped the inter­me­dia pro­gram “as an are­na in which he and his stu­dents could explore, in the­o­ry and in prac­tice, the lim­i­nal spaces between the arts: art, music, film, dance, the­ater, poet­ry,” accord­ing to his pro­file on the UI web­site.

He want­ed to get the stu­dents off of the paper and into some­thing else,” Welch Bred­er said.

That meant hold­ing class­es at creeks and in the woods, work­ing with video in exper­i­men­tal ways and encour­ag­ing stu­dents to do pub­lic art and per­for­mances.

Inter­me­dia, for Bred­er, meant col­lab­o­ra­tion between peo­ple and depart­ments in a way that shat­tered and chal­lenged old ideas, Welch Bred­er explained.

The hard idea was col­lab­o­ra­tion between peo­ple, between depart­ments, between high and low, but not a kind of col­lab­o­ra­tion where every­body does their project togeth­er and leaves unchanged,” she said. “Col­lab­o­ra­tion should be real­ly pow­er­ful and con­fron­tive, because that’s the only — how do you shake a new idea out unless you stomp the old idea?”

In this file pho­to from 1989, Hans Bred­er, pro­fes­sor emer­i­tus of Art and Art His­to­ry at the Uni­ver­si­ty of Iowa, dis­cuss­es his art before hav­ing his work dis­played in Moscow. Bred­er died June 18, 2017, at age 81.
Press-Cit­i­zen file pho­to

Beyond teach­ing, Bred­er was a pro­lif­ic artist through­out his life, and worked across medi­ums includ­ing paint­ing, draw­ing, sculp­ture, per­for­mance and video, accord­ing to his assis­tant, Can­di­da Pagan.

Bred­er’s works have been shown around the world, includ­ing some of the first exhi­bi­tions of West­ern art­works in the for­mer Sovi­et Union in 1989 and Whit­ney bien­ni­als in 1987, 1989 and 1991.

Because my ques­tions are about con­scious­ness,” Bred­er told the Press-Cit­i­zen in a 2014 inter­view. “That is the basic ques­tion behind every­thing I’m doing. When and what is con­scious­ness? … And, of course, if we talk about con­scious­ness, we talk about quan­tum think­ing … Before there was meta, there was con­scious­ness.”

Jim Leach, the inter­im direc­tor of the UI Muse­um of Art, called Bred­er’s death “a real loss to the com­mu­ni­ty and to the state.”

Leach, a UI law pro­fes­sor and for­mer Repub­li­can con­gress­man, said Bred­er’s lega­cy will like­ly grow as inter­me­dia con­tin­ues to gain trac­tion in the Unit­ed States and inter­na­tion­al­ly.

He is some­one that exper­i­ment­ed with vir­tu­al­ly all of the 20th cen­tu­ry modes of art and then has decid­ed to put his own qui­et imprint on it, by which he intro­duces mul­ti­me­dia approach­es to sin­gu­lar pieces,” Leach said, not­ing Bred­er’s use of video, par­tic­u­lar­ly frac­tured and col­lage-like images.

After a fire destroyed the cou­ple’s home in 2015, it did­n’t take him long to begin cre­at­ing art again, Welch Bred­er said, includ­ing rework­ing and alter­ing old pieces of his art that had suf­fered smoke or water dam­age but oth­er­wise sur­vived the fire.

Art­work done by Hans Bred­er hangs in his apart­ment Tues­day. On the left is an old sketch that was dam­aged in a 2015 fire. Bred­er returned to the sketch after the fire and reworked it. He died Sun­day.
Stephen Gru­ber-Miller / Iowa City Press-Cit­i­zen

Welch Bred­er said she remem­bers many days at their home on Col­lege Street when her hus­band would dis­ap­pear into his stu­dio for hours.

Real­ly we lived a pret­ty qui­et life where work was impor­tant,” she said.

The first time the two met was for a din­ner with two mutu­al friends. Hans asked to give Bar­bara a ride home after­wards.

And I said, ‘No thanks, I have my bike,’ ” she said.

That delayed the courtship for a while, she said, “but once we got togeth­er we were togeth­er for­ev­er.”

The two mar­ried in 1984.

A pho­to of Hans Bred­er and his wife, Bar­bara Welch Bred­er, from the 1980s is seen in their apart­ment on Tues­day next to works of art col­lect­ed or paint­ed by Bred­er. He died Sun­day.
Stephen Gru­ber-Miller / Iowa City Press-Cit­i­zen

Adam Burke, who received a grad­u­ate degree from UI in 2000 and was one of the last stu­dents Bred­er taught, said Bred­er’s work was com­plex, and dealt with themes includ­ing renew­al and the emer­gence of new ideas.

Hans was the kind of artist who didn’t think first about the spe­cif­ic way some­thing had to look,” Burke said. “He was more inter­est­ed in con­vey­ing con­cepts and ideas.”

Bred­er and Burke recon­nect­ed and col­lab­o­rat­ed in recent years, and Burke said that up to the week of Bred­er’s death the two were exper­i­ment­ing on a per­for­mance and instal­la­tion project involv­ing video pro­jec­tors and dancers that recalled some of Bred­er’s work at UI from the 1980s.

He liked to use old works and make them into some­thing new,” Burke said.

This image shows a still from Hans Bred­er’s 1981 video, “A Moth­er and Daugh­ter.” Bred­er, a pro­fes­sor emer­i­tus in the Uni­ver­si­ty of Iowa School of Art and Art His­to­ry, died June 18, 2017, at age 81.
Des Moines Reg­is­ter file phot­to

The Uni­ver­si­ty of Dort­mund in Ger­many grant­ed a hon­orary doc­tor­ate to Bred­er in 2007, accord­ing to a UI news release. He donat­ed an archive of his work to Dort­mund and has estab­lished at Dort­mund a foun­da­tion for inter­me­dia stud­ies to sup­port art stu­dents.

Bred­er passed away Sun­day at the Mer­cy Hos­pi­tal Hos­pice Unit in Iowa City.

The imme­di­ate cause of death was ischemic col­i­tis, Pagan said, which is a con­di­tion that occurs when the flow of blood and oxy­gen to the large intes­tine is blocked.

Funer­al arrange­ments are pend­ing with Lens­ing Funer­al and Cre­ma­tion Ser­vice.

Reach Stephen Gru­ber-Miller at 319–887-5407 or Fol­low him on Twit­ter: @sgrubermiller.
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Keith Loneker

Kei­th Joseph Lonek­er (June 21, 1971 – June 22, 2017) was an Amer­i­can actor and Amer­i­can foot­ball play­er. For much of his short career, his large foot­ball-line­man build gar­nered him roles large­ly as thugs or foot­ball play­ers. His first movie was direc­tor Steven Soder­bergh’s Out of Sight (1998)[1] and lat­er the Neil LaBute thriller, Lake­view Ter­race (2008).

Kei­th Lonek­er

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Loneker in 2012
Keith Joseph Loneker

June 21, 1971

Died June 22, 2017 (aged 46)
Years active 1998-2017

Personal life

Grow­ing up in Roselle Park, New Jer­sey, Lonek­er faced some per­son­al obsta­cles that he worked hard to over­come for his entire life. In high school, while play­ing foot­ball, he endured a hip injury, for which doc­tors said he would nev­er play any sports again. Lonek­er ignored the doc­tor and decid­ed to work out intense­ly to reha­bil­i­tate him­self. After two years being off, he stepped onto a foot­ball field once again. Lonek­er, although just hap­py to play again with his friends, end­ed up with a schol­ar­ship to the Uni­ver­si­ty of Kansas.

NFL career

Keith Loneker
No. 64
Position: Guard
Personal information
Born: June 21, 1971
Roselle Park, New Jersey
Died: June 22, 2017 (aged 46)
Lawrence, Kansas
Height: 6 ft 3 in (1.91 m)
Weight: 325 lb (147 kg)
Career information
College: Kansas
Undrafted: 1993
Career history
Career NFL statistics
Games played: 19
Games started: 5
Player stats at

Although Lonek­er was passed over in the NFL draft after grad­u­a­tion, he insist­ed on “walk­ing on” with the Los Ange­les Rams. Lonek­er not only made the team but went on to start by the end of his first sea­son. Lonek­er blocked for then rook­ie run­ning back, Jerome Bet­tis.

Acting career

While play­ing in the NFL, a for­mer team­mate who was work­ing as an agent called Lonek­er and told him he had a part for which he thought he’d be per­fect. Lonek­er had nev­er act­ed before, but made a tape for the audi­tion and the pro­duc­ers hired him from his tape alone. He was sur­prised when he land­ed the role of “White Boy Bob” in Out of Sight. Lonek­er went on to roles in Rock Star, Super­bad, Leather­heads, and Lake­view Ter­race.[2][3] When Lonek­er wasn’t audi­tion­ing for movie roles, he was a sub­sti­tute teacher at Lawrence High School in Lawrence, Kansas.

Personal life and death

Lonek­er died of can­cer on June 22, 2017.[4] He had a daugh­ter and a son, Kei­th Lonek­er, Jr., who cur­rent­ly plays foot­ball at the Uni­ver­si­ty of Kansas.[5]


*Also starred in “Des­ti­na­tion: Plan­et Negro” (2013). Role: Mon­ster Truck Ral­ly.

Year Title Role Notes
1998 Out of Sight White Boy Bob
2001 Rock Star Road­ie #1
2002 Big Shot: Con­fes­sions of a Cam­pus Book­ie Big Red TV
2007 Super­bad Wild Bill Cher­ry
2008 Leather­heads Big Gus Schiller
Lake­view Ter­race Clarence Dar­ling­ton
2012 Rhi­no Don­ny “Rhi­no” Rein­hardt
2013 A True Sto­ry Skin­ny Pete
2014 Jer­sey Boys Knuck­les
2015 Pass The Light Coach Peters
Bad Ass 3 Pierre
2016 Out­laws and Angels Lit­tle Joe
What We’ve Become Lar­ry
2017 The Vault Cyrus Posthu­mous release




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Gunter Gabriel

Gunter Gabriel (born Gün­ter Caspel­herr; 11 June 1942 – 22 June 2017) was a Ger­man singer, musi­cian and com­pos­er.

Gabriel became famous in Ger­many as singer of Schlager songs.[1] Gabriel lived in Har­burg, Ham­burg.[2] He was a friend of John­ny Cash and intro­duced Amer­i­can Coun­try music to Ger­man audi­ences, even cov­er­ing some of Cash’s songs in Ger­man.[3]

Gabriel was mar­ried four times and had four chil­dren. He fell down a flight of stairs a cou­ple of days before his death and died of com­pli­ca­tions that occurred after mul­ti­ple surg­eries to fix his bro­ken neck.[4]

Gunter Gabriel

Gabriel in 2006

Gabriel in 2006
Background information
Birth name Günter Caspelherr
Born 11 June 1942
Bünde, Westphalia, Germany
Died 22 June 2017 (aged 75)
Hannover, Germany
Occupation(s) Singer, musician, composer


  • 2009: Gunter Gabriel, Oliv­er Flesch: Wer ein­mal tief im Keller saß. Erin­nerun­gen eines Rebellen. Edel, Ham­burg 2009, ISBN 978–3‑941378–17‑9.




  1. Coun­try-Sänger Gunter Gabriel ist tot” (in Ger­man). Der Spiegel (online). Retrieved 22 June 2017. Hits wie “Hey Boss, ich brauch mehr Geld” macht­en ihn berühmt: Coun­try-Sänger Gunter Gabriel ist laut Medi­en­bericht­en im Alter von 75 Jahren gestor­ben.

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Ludger Remy

Ludger Rémy (4 Feb­ru­ary 1949 – 21 June 2017) was a Ger­man harp­si­chordist, con­duc­tor and musi­col­o­gist.


Ludger Rémy
Born 4 February 1949
Died 21 June 2017 (aged 68)


Born in Kalkar, Ludger Rémy stud­ied the harp­si­chord in Freiburg im Breis­gau and con­tin­ued his stud­ies with Ken­neth Gilbert in Paris. He was a teacher at sev­er­al Ger­man acad­e­mies includ­ing the Folk­wang Hochschule and the Hochschule für Musik “Franz Liszt”, Weimar. In 1998 he was appoint­ed pro­fes­sor for Ear­ly music at the Hochschule für Musik Carl Maria von Weber Dres­den.[1]

His main inter­est was to research Ger­man music of the 17th and 18th cen­tu­ry and to revive the dis­cov­ered works in per­for­mances and record­ings, tak­ing into account their posi­tion in his­toric and lit­er­ary con­text.

In 1994 he found­ed the orches­tra Les Amis de Philippe, named after Carl Philipp Emanuel Bach. From 1995 to 1999 he direct­ed the Tele­mann Cham­ber Orches­tra of Michael­stein.[1] He taught at the Stiftung Kloster Michael­stein.[2] On 23 Sep­tem­ber 2005 he revived the opera Didone abban­do­na­ta of Domeni­co Sar­ro to a libret­to by Pietro Metas­ta­sio, suc­cess­ful in 1724, in a short­ened con­cert ver­sion, per­formed at the Schloss Elis­a­bethen­burg in Meinin­gen by Les Amis de Philippe.[3]

Between 1995 and 2007 he served as a juror at the Inter­na­tion­al Com­pe­ti­tion for harp­si­chord and Fortepi­ano at the Fes­ti­val van Vlaan­deren in Brugge.[1]

He died on 21 June 2017 at the age of 68.[4]

Selected recordings

As a harp­si­chordist he record­ed in 1995 con­cer­tos of Carl Philipp Emanuel Bach with Les Amis de Philippe, con­duct­ing from the instru­ment. The record­ing was nom­i­nat­ed for the Cannes Clas­si­cal Award 1997 and fol­lowed by a record­ing of three more con­cer­tos in 1997.[5] In 2004 he record­ed Lieder of Georg Philipp Tele­mann with Klaus Mertens.[6]

As a con­duc­tor he record­ed in 1999 Tele­man­n’s ora­to­rio Der Tod Jesu with soloists Dorothee Mields, Brit­ta Schwarz, Jan Kobow, Klaus Mertens, the Magde­burg­er Kam­mer­chor and the Tele­mann Cham­ber Orches­tra Michael­stein.[7] The record­ing was award­ed the Preis der Deutschen Schallplat­tenkri­tik in 2000.[5] In 2002 he record­ed sev­er­al can­tatas for Pen­te­cost of Got­tfried Hein­rich Stölzel, a pro­lif­ic con­tem­po­rary of Bach.[8] In 2004 he record­ed Georg Gebel’s Johannes­pas­sion with Dorothee Mields, Hen­ning Voss, Jan Kobow, Klaus Mertens, Sebas­t­ian Bluth, the ensem­ble inCan­to Weimar and the Weimar Baroque Ensem­bles.[5]




  1. Can­tatas for Pen­te­cost review of the 2002 record­ing by Johan van Veen, 2005

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Gabe Pressman

Gabriel Stan­leyGabePress­man (Feb­ru­ary 14, 1924 – June 23, 2017) was an Amer­i­can jour­nal­ist who was a reporter for WNBC-TV in New York City for more than 60 years. His career spanned more than sev­en decades; the events he cov­ered includ­ed the sink­ing of the Andrea Doria in 1956, the assas­si­na­tions of JFK and Mar­tin Luther King Jr., the Bea­t­les’ first trip to the Unit­ed States, and the attacks on the World Trade Cen­ter on 9/11. He was one of the pio­neers of Unit­ed States tele­vi­sion news and has been cred­it­ed as the first reporter to have left the stu­dio for on-the-scene “street report­ing” at major events.[4] Dubbed the “Dean of New York Jour­nal­ism”, Press­man­’s numer­ous awards include a Peabody and 11 Emmys, and he was con­sid­ered a New York icon.[2][5][6]

Gabe Press­man

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Pressman reporting for WNBC-TV in 1957
Gabriel Stanley Pressman

February 14, 1924

Bronx, New York[1]
Died June 23, 2017 (aged 93)
Manhattan, New York
Nationality American
Alma mater New York University (BA, 1946)[1]
Columbia University Graduate School of Journalism (MS, 1947)[2][3]
Occupation Journalist, TV presenter and reporter
Military career
Allegiance  United States
Service/branch  United States Navy
Years of service 1943–1946
Battles/wars World War II

Early life and education

Press­man was born and raised in the Bronx, the son of Jew­ish immi­grants, Ben­jamin Press­man (1893–1970), who was born in Aus­tria, and Lena Rifkin Press­man, born in Rus­sia.[7][1] His father, a den­tist, became a pro­fes­sion­al magi­cian lat­er in life; he got his start in mag­ic by per­form­ing tricks to enter­tain chil­dren when he would go to schools to teach them about prop­er den­tal care.[8] Gabe had a younger broth­er, Paul (1929–2003), who was a psy­chi­a­trist.[9]

Press­man grad­u­at­ed from Mor­ris High School.[10][11] He got his start in jour­nal­ism ear­ly; as a young boy of 8 or 9, he made a news­pa­per for his fam­i­ly, with cheeky head­lines such as “Grandma’s Sponge­cake Made With Real Sponges”.[4] Lat­er he worked as a cub reporter for the Peek­skill Evening Star in Peek­skill dur­ing the sum­mers.[12]

He attend­ed New York Uni­ver­si­ty, major­ing in His­to­ry and Gov­ern­ment, but his edu­ca­tion was inter­rupt­ed dur­ing World War II. At 19, he enlist­ed in the U.S. Navy and served from 1943–46. He took part in the Philip­pines Cam­paign while serv­ing as a com­mu­ni­ca­tions offi­cer aboard the sub­ma­rine chas­er USS PC-470 in the South Pacif­ic.[12]

After the war, Press­man resumed his edu­ca­tion, grad­u­at­ing from NYU with a bach­e­lor’s degree in 1946, and from the Colum­bia Uni­ver­si­ty Grad­u­ate School of Jour­nal­ism the fol­low­ing year.[12]


Press­man, cen­ter right, side to the cam­era, in front of Mal­colm X at a 1964 press con­fer­ence

After earn­ing his mas­ter’s degree from Colum­bia in 1947, Press­man worked for a short peri­od as a jour­nal­ist for the Newark Evening News. Colum­bia then award­ed him a Pulitzer Trav­el­ing Fel­low­ship, and he spent the next 15 months in Europe as a free­lance jour­nal­ist, con­tribut­ing fea­ture sto­ries for var­i­ous out­lets, includ­ing the Over­seas News Agency (a sub­sidiary of the Jew­ish Tele­graph­ic Agency). In 1948, he was briefly arrest­ed in Berlin while in the Sovi­et sec­tor of the city, in what was report­ed to be a sign of increas­ing hos­til­i­ties from the Sovi­et gov­ern­ment toward the west. He was head­ed to the Pol­ish Con­sulate Berlin when he was detained, but was released two hours lat­er.[13]

Among the events he cov­ered in Europe was the 1949 show tri­al of Car­di­nal József Mind­szen­ty, who opposed the com­mu­nist regime of the new Hun­gar­i­an Peo­ple’s Repub­lic, which Press­man cov­ered for The New York Times and for Edward R. Mur­row’s radio pro­gram.[5]

Press­man worked for var­i­ous New York City news­pa­pers after his return from Europe before becom­ing a reporter in 1954 for what then was NBC’s radio sta­tion WNBC, and moved over to tele­vi­sion in 1956. Press­man spent the bulk of his broad­cast career with NBC. The excep­tion was a sev­en-year peri­od from 1972 through 1979 when he report­ed for what was then the Metro­me­dia sta­tion, WNEW-TV, Chan­nel 5 (now WNYW).[2] Since 1945, Press­man cov­ered the lives of 10 New York City may­ors, 10 New York State gov­er­nors, 15 Sen­a­tors from New York, and 13 Unit­ed States Pres­i­dents.[2]

Press­man, who described him­self as “just a lit­tle Jew­ish guy from the Bronx”,[7] became a fix­ture of New York City. Jour­nal­ist Robert D. McFad­den wrote of Press­man, “A pro­found, mati­nee-idol anchor­man he was not. But to gen­er­a­tions of may­ors, gov­er­nors and ordi­nary New York­ers, he was Gabe: the short, rum­pled, pushy guy from Chan­nel 4 who seemed always on the scene, elbow­ing his way to the front and jab­bing his micro­phone in the face of a wit­ness or a big shot.”[2]

Press­man pio­neered street report­ing as the first tele­vi­sion jour­nal­ist to do live and on-scene cov­er­age of events.[5][2] After Pres­i­dent Kennedy was shot on Novem­ber 22, 1963, Press­man went out on the street to inter­view New York­ers for their reac­tions; he was live among a crowd of peo­ple lis­ten­ing to NBC Radio when the news came that Kennedy had died.[14] Lat­er that evening he report­ed from dark­ened Times Square and inter­viewed a New York City patrol­man about the somber mood in the area.

Press­man was co-anchor (with Bill Ryan) of New York’s first ear­ly-evening half-hour news­cast, the Press­man-Ryan Report, born out of a dev­as­tat­ing 1963 New York City-area news­pa­per strike. He cov­ered the New York region for NBC News, WNBC-TV and WNBC-AM radio. He was sent by the net­work to report on many his­toric events, includ­ing the 1956 sink­ing of the Andrea Doria, Elvis Pres­ley’s Army stint which went through Brook­lyn, one-on-one inter­views with Mar­i­lyn Mon­roe, Har­ry S. Tru­man and Fidel Cas­tro, the 1964 arrival of the Bea­t­les at Kennedy Air­port, the assas­si­na­tion of Mal­colm X, chas­ing after new­ly inau­gu­rat­ed New York may­or John Lind­say in the streets dur­ing the 1966 tran­sit strike, the 1968 Demo­c­ra­t­ic Nation­al Con­ven­tion in Chica­go, where he report­ed on the clash­es between demon­stra­tors and police, and the after­math of the assas­si­na­tions of John F. Kennedy, Robert F. Kennedy and Mar­tin Luther King Jr.[2][10] Press­man was a reporter for NBC News at the Wood­stock fes­ti­val in upstate New York in 1969.[2][10]

Press­man has been cred­it­ed with help­ing cre­ate the New York City insti­tu­tion known as the “perp walk,” which was born in the 1970s when he clashed with famed Dis­trict Attor­ney Robert Mor­gen­thau over access to film­ing notable sus­pects after they had been arrest­ed. Mor­gen­thau recalled, “Gabe said, ‘We need pic­tures to report your cas­es,’ and I said, ‘You’re break­ing my heart.’ ”[15]

His rep­u­ta­tion as an intre­pid reporter is the sub­ject of a gen­tle lam­poon on a record­ing of Bob and Ray (“The Two and Only,” Colum­bia Records, ca. 1970).[16] A reporter billed as “Gabe Press­man” was played by actor J.D. Cul­lum in Bil­ly Crys­tal’s HBO film 61*, report­ing unfa­vor­ably on the base­ball exploits of Roger Maris (played by Bar­ry Pep­per).[17]

He was a past pres­i­dent of the New York Press Club, from 1997 to 2000,[18] and as head of that orga­ni­za­tion fought for the rights of New York’s jour­nal­ists, both print and elec­tron­ic.[19]

Up until the time of his death in June 2017, Press­man still worked part-time at WNBC, most­ly as a blog writer about New York City news on the sta­tion’s web­site, and he was active on Twit­ter. In 2014, he stat­ed that it was an arthrit­ic knee that kept him from chas­ing sto­ries like he used to.[7] A few months before his death, he cov­ered the 255th annu­al Saint Patrick­’s Day Parade in New York, which report­ed­ly was the last time Press­man was on-air.[2][20]

Personal life

Press­man was mar­ried to Emma Mae Kracht from 1953 until their divorce in 1967. They had a son and two daugh­ters. In 1972, he mar­ried Vera Elis­a­beth Olsen, a psy­chother­a­pist, with whom he had anoth­er son.[5]

Press­man died at Mount Sinai Hos­pi­tal Man­hat­tan on June 23, 2017, aged 93.[2]


Press­man amassed many awards for his work, includ­ing mul­ti­ple Emmys and a Peabody Award. He won many of those awards for his cov­er­age of the plight of New York City’s home­less pop­u­la­tion.[6][7][5]

  • 11 Emmy Awards[5]
  • 1958: George Polk Award for Tele­vi­sion Report­ing[21]
  • 1981: Lin­coln Uni­ver­si­ty’s Uni­ty award for “Blacks and the May­or: How Far Apart?”[5]
  • 1982: New York Press Club’s Fea­ture Award for “The Home­less”[5]
  • 1982: New York State Asso­ci­at­ed Press Broad­cast­ers Asso­ci­a­tion Award for Excel­lence in Indi­vid­ual Report­ing[5]
  • 1982: UPI New York State Broad­cast­ers’ Award for Best Fea­ture News Sto­ry for “The Home­less”[5]
  • 1983: New York Chap­ter of Pro­fes­sion­al Jour­nal­ists, Sig­ma Delta Chi’s Dead­line Club Award for “The Hun­gry”[5]
  • 1983: Peabody Award for Asy­lum In The Streets[22]
  • 1983: Dead­line Club Award[18]
  • 1985: Olive Award for Excel­lence in Broad­cast­ing[5]
  • 1986: New York chap­ter of NATAS Gov­er­nors’ Award[5]
  • 1989: Edward R. Mur­row Award[5][18]
  • 2015: Fair Media Coun­cil’s Folio Life­time Achieve­ment Award[23]
  • 2017: City Lim­its Urban Jour­nal­ism Award (posthu­mous)[24]




  1. Mur­phy, Jar­rett (June 23, 2017). “Gabe Press­man, 1924–2017”. City Lim­its. Retrieved June 23, 2017.

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Yesteryear actor Amrit Pal passes away after a prolonged illness

By — PTI

Updat­ed: Jun 20, 2017, 17:27 IST
Veteran actor Amrit Pal passed away last evening at his residence here after a prolonged illness. He was 76.
Vet­er­an actor Amrit Pal passed away last evening at his res­i­dence here after a pro­longed ill­ness. He was 76.
Vet­er­an actor Amrit Pal passed away last evening at his res­i­dence here after a pro­longed ill­ness. He was 76.

The actor most­ly played vil­lain­ous roles in films and shared screen space with top yes­ter­year stars such as Vin­od Khan­na, Dhar­men­dra, Mithun Chakraborty, Anil Kapoor among oth­ers.

He was suf­fer­ing from liv­er cir­rho­sis from a long­time and was bedrid­den. He was hos­pi­talised for quite a few days and was lat­er brought home. He passed away at 5 pm yes­ter­day at his home in Mal­ad,” Pal’s daugh­ter Gee­ta said.

He start­ed his career in Bol­ly­wood with Jee­tendra-Sride­vi star­rer ‘Jaal’ as a vil­lain.

One of his most notable per­for­mances was in RajivMehra’s ‘Pyar Ke Do Pal’, star­ring Poon­am Dhillon and Mithun Chakraborty in the lead.

Amrit Pal is sur­vived by two daugh­ters, a son and grand­chil­dren.
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Ootje Oxenaar

Robert Deo­daat Emile “Oot­je” Oxe­naar (7 Octo­ber 1929 – 13 June 2017) was a Dutch graph­ic artist, visu­al artist, com­mis­sion­er, and Pro­fes­sor.[1]


Ootje Oxenaar - Dutch Design Daily



Ootje Oxenaar
Robert Deodaat Emile Oxenaar

7 October 1929

The Hague, Netherlands
Died 13 June 2017 (aged 87)
Manomet, Massachusetts, U.S.
Nationality Dutch
Education Royal Academy of Art (The Hague)
Known for Visual Artist, Graphic Designer, Banknote Designer, Art and Design Commissioner, Professor


Oxe­naar was a stu­dent at the Roy­al Acad­e­my of Art, The Hague and grad­u­at­ed in 1953 with hon­ors.[2] He lat­er was a lec­tur­er at the Roy­al Acad­e­my of Fine Arts in The Hague between 1958–1970[2] and taught as Pro­fes­sor of Visu­al Com­mu­ni­ca­tion at the Delft Uni­ver­si­ty of Tech­nol­o­gy between 1978–1992.[2][3]

As Head of the Art and Design advi­so­ry bureau (DEV/K+V) at the Dutch Postal and Telecom­mu­ni­ca­tions (PTT / KPN) from 1976–94, he was respon­si­ble for the com­mis­sion­ing of art and design for the largest Dutch pub­lic con­cern, and served as aes­thet­ic advi­sor to the Dutch Nation­al Bank, the Min­istry of Jus­tice in the Nether­lands and the Dan­ish Min­istry of Trans­port.[4] His influ­ence on the next gen­er­a­tion of design­ers was exten­sive as a com­mis­sion­er, teacher, and inter­na­tion­al lec­tur­er, in the Nether­lands, Europe, and the US.

From 1964–87, Oxe­naar was com­mis­sioned two series of ban­knotes by The Ned­er­land­sche Bank (DNB) and was respon­si­ble for the rev­o­lu­tion­ary design of the ‘Snip’ (100), the Sun­flower (50) and Light­house (250) ban­knotes which were inter­na­tion­al­ly cel­e­brat­ed as the most beau­ti­ful and least coun­tri­fied mon­ey in the world. His ban­knotes stayed in cir­cu­la­tion from 1964 until being replaced by the Euro in 2002.[3]

R.D.E. Oxe­naar was also a pro­lif­ic design­er of acclaimed posters, books, and postage stamps. His graph­ic design work is rep­re­sent­ed in var­i­ous col­lec­tions, includ­ing Cen­tre Georges-Pom­pi­dou in Paris, Gemeen­te­mu­se­um Den Haag, Muse­um of Mod­ern Art (MoMA) and Stedelijk Muse­um Ams­ter­dam.[cita­tion need­ed] Oxe­naar’s work is pre­served in the Ned­er­lands Archief Grafisch Ontwer­pers, Utrecht (NAGO).

Oxe­naar was mem­ber of the Alliance Graphique Inter­na­tion­al (AGI) and an hon­orary mem­ber of the Asso­ci­a­tion of Dutch Design­ers (BNO).[cita­tion need­ed]

In 2000 Oxe­naar emi­grat­ed to the Unit­ed States where he con­tin­ued his stu­dio prac­tice and taught in the Graph­ic Design Depart­ment at Rhode Island School of Design (RISD), Prov­i­dence.[5]

Oxe­naar was knight­ed in the Order of Orange Nas­sau, and the recip­i­ent of the Medal of Hon­or for Art and Sci­ence in the House Order of Orange bestowed by Queen Beat­rix in 2004.[cita­tion need­ed]

Oxe­naar was mar­ried to Dawn Bar­rett, design­er and for­mer Dean of Archi­tec­ture and Design at Rhode Island School of Design, and Pres­i­dent of Mass­a­chu­setts Col­lege of Art and Design.[4] Togeth­er they had two chil­dren.[4]

List of banknotes by Ootje Oxenaar

Ban­knotes of Oot­je Oxe­naar
Val­ue Dimen­sions Main Colour Main motif Water­mark Date of issue[7] Date of cir­cu­la­tion[7] Date of with­draw­al[7]
90 ƒ5 76 × 136 mm Green Joost van den Von­del 26 April 1966 19 Decem­ber 1966 1 May 1995
91 ƒ10 76 × 142 mm Blue Frans Hals Cor­nu­copia 25 April 1968 4 Jan­u­ary 1971 28 Jan­u­ary 2002
92 ƒ25 76 × 148 mm Red Jan Pieter­szoon Sweel­inck Waves 10 Feb­ru­ary 1971 15 Decem­ber 1972 1 May 1995
93 ƒ100 76 × 154 mm Brown Michiel de Ruyter 14 May 1970 15 Decem­ber 1972 23 July 1986
94 ƒ1 000 76 × 160 mm Dark Green Baruch Spin­oza Pyra­mid on bowl and slab 30 March 1972 15 Jan­u­ary 1973 28 Jan­u­ary 2002
95 ƒ5 76 × 136 mm Green Joost van den Von­del Inwell, quill pen and scroll 28 March 1973 14 June 1976 1 May 1995
96 ƒ50 76 × 148 mm Orange Sun­flower Bee 4 Jan­u­ary 1982 7 Sep­tem­ber 1982 28 Jan­u­ary 2002
97 ƒ100 76 × 154 mm Brown Com­mon snipe and Great snipe Great snipe 28 July 1977 16 March 1981 28 Jan­u­ary 2002
98 ƒ250 76 × 160 mm Pur­ple Light­house Rab­bit 25 July 1985 7 Jan­u­ary 1986 28 Jan­u­ary 2002




  1. Overzicht in te wis­se­len bil­jet­ten”. De Ned­er­land­sche Bank. Archived from the orig­i­nal on 6 Decem­ber 2014. Retrieved 14 June 2015.


  • Kui­jpers, Els (2011). Oot­je Oxe­naar: design­er and com­mis­sion­er (Eng­lish ed.). Rot­ter­dam: 010 Pub­lish­ers. ISBN 978 90 6450 720 5.

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Obituary for Gentleman Jim Brewer

Gentleman Jim Brewer

Jan­u­ary 8, 1937 — June 15, 2017
Austin, Texas | Age 80

Gen­tle­man Jim Brew­er, a retired box­er and actor, died Thurs­day, June 15th, after a rough spell of bad health. Jim was sure-enough Old Austin. He grew up in the Rosedale neigh­bor­hood and was a mem­ber of McCal­lum High School’s first grad­u­at­ing class. After a suc­cess­ful local box­ing career under the tute­lage of Pat O’Grady (who lat­er relo­cat­ed to Okla­homa City and guid­ed his son, Sean, to a world cham­pi­onship), Jim was cast in John Wayne’s pro­duc­tion of THE ALAMO. This turn of good for­tune allowed Jim to devel­op an act­ing career that last­ed until his health began to decline. He starred in MISSION TO DEATH, which some would claim to be the first inde­pen­dent fea­ture film shot in Austin. But most­ly he worked as a sup­port­ing actor and had scenes with the likes of Mar­lon Bran­do, Robert Mitchum, and George C. Scott, among many oth­ers. Jim is known for None but the Brave (1966), The For­mu­la (1980) and AB-Neg­a­tive (2006). He worked in TV as well, includ­ing a mem­o­rable guest slot on an episode of THE ANDY GRIFFITH SHOW. Jim lived most­ly in L.A. and was President/Owner of the man­u­fac­tur­ing com­pa­ny, Tech­mar Enclo­sures, Inc. along with his suc­cess­ful act­ing career. Jim would always spend a cou­ple of months a year back in Austin, where he’d tool around in his 1965 sky-blue Mus­tang, which he’d pur­chased years ago from his actress friend, Karen Valen­tine (ROOM 222 etc). He was a reg­u­lar at Dirty Mar­t­in’s (where there’s sort of a shrine to him in one cor­ner of the din­ing room), Dry Creek Saloon, El Patio, and Avenue B Gro­cery, as well as at Upper Crust Bak­ery. He did­n’t stop train­ing until the last year, and he’d work the heavy bags at R Lord’s Box­ing Gym like an up-and-com­ing wel­ter­weight when­ev­er he was in town. Every year he host­ed an “anniver­sary of his 70th birth­day” din­ner at Mat­t’s El Ran­cho to which he would invite a host of friends includ­ing life­long school friends, sur­viv­ing Austin box­ers from the 1950s and ’60s, and his Austin the­ater group.

Jim was born in Mid­land, Texas on Jan­u­ary 8th, 1937 as James Cleve­land Brew­er III. Jim is sur­vived by his younger broth­er Robert Brew­er of Lock­hart, TX, his niece Bre­an­na and her son Zay­den. He was pre­ced­ed in death by his beloved Moth­er and biggest fan, Pat Ander­son, and will be laid to rest along­side her at Austin Memo­r­i­al Park. Jim was loved by many and will be great­ly missed.

Vis­i­ta­tion hours from 5pm to 7pm on Tues­day June 20th at Weed-Cor­ley-Fish on North Lamar.

A cel­e­bra­tion of Jim’s life will be held Wednes­day June 21st from 7pm to 9pm at Dirty Mar­t­in’s on Guadalupe.

PLEASE NOTE — The Austin States­man has a mis­print today — there will NOT be a ser­vice at the Church of Con­scious Har­mo­ny on Wednes­day at 10am.


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