Excerpts from this week | Seattle Times

Nehemiah Persof, 102, the ubiquitous character actor, whose raspy voice and ability to communicate an air of danger enhanced his portrayal of a bevy of sinister types, most notably a half-dozen Prohibition-era gangsters, on Tuesday in San Luis Obispo, Calif. He died of speeding.

For decades he was one of the most recognizable faces on television; He was seen in hundreds of shows starting in the late 1940s. He usually played a supporting character, sometimes kind, sometimes spiteful, but often with an undefined foreign accent. He appeared in such enduring series from the 1950s, 60s and 70s as “Gunsmoke,” “The Twilight Zone,” “Route 66,” “Gilligan’s Island,” “Mission: Impossible,” “Hawaii Five-O” . Colombo,” and continued on “Law & Order” and “Chicago Hope” into the 1990s. In retirement, he became a skilled painter.

Bobby Riddell, 79, Philadelphia-born singer who became a teen idol in the late 1950s and, with his melodious voice, stage presence, and good man, he and his original fans were still on tour after retirement age. Retained loyal followers. , died Tuesday in Abington, Pennsylvania. The reason for this was complications of pneumonia.

Eric Bohlert, 57, veteran journalist, author and media critic, passed away on Monday in New Jersey. He was hit by a New Jersey transit train while riding his bicycle in Montclair. As a frequent commentator on TV and radio, he has never shied away from criticizing what he saw as bias in the mainstream media. After more than a decade as a senior fellow at the left-leaning media watchdog group, Media Matters for America, he has in recent years started his own newspaper, Press Run, as a vehicle for his commentary. Was.

Joe Messina, 93, guitarist with the Motown session band known as the Funk Brothers, whose largely anonymous work included Marvin Gaye’s “What’s Going On”, Stevie Wonder’s “For Once in My Life” and Four Tops’ Achieved hit records like I Can’t Help. Myself (Sugar Pie, Honey Bunch),” died Monday from complications of kidney disease at her son’s home in Northville, Michigan.

Ligia Fagundes tells, 98, one of Brazil’s most popular writers whose stories about women trapped in relationships can also be read as a metaphor for the political situation in her country, died on April 3 at her home in So Paulo. The Brazilian Academy of Letters announced his passing.

One of the first Brazilian writers to address female sexuality from a woman’s point of view, Tales was also a rare writer whose work attracted both intellectuals and the general public. In the 1970s, his stories often criticized the military regime of Brazil, which was in power from 1964 to 1985. His short story “Rat Seminar” (1977), which imagines trading places of rats and humans, was an allegory of Brazil under dictatorship. Her best-known novel, “The Girl in the Photograph” (1973), tells the story of three different young women during the most repressive years of the regime.

Estelle Harris, 93, who made her way into TV history as the short-fused mother of George Costanza on “Seinfeld” and voiced Mrs. Potato Head in the “Toy Story” franchise, died on April 2 in Palm Desert, California.

As middle-class matron Estelle Costanza, Harris made a memorable stamp on her recurring role in the 1990s sitcom. With her loud voice and humorously domineering attitude, she was the epitome of maternal resentment. The career-defining role came decades later on stage and screen.

Roland White, 83, a mandolin player and singer who helped shape major developments in bluegrass and country-rock in a seven-decade career that began with the Kentucky Colonels, died on April 1 in Nashville after a recent heart attack. has expired.

Bill Fries, 93, deep-voiced country singer known as CW McCall, who turned an advertising campaign for an Iowa Bread Company into the outlaw trucker anthem, “Convoy”, which reached #1 on the charts in 1976 and Sam Peckinpah inspired the film. He died on April 1 at his home in Ouray, Colorado.

Jennifer Belcher, The 78, who was the first woman to be elected land commissioner of Washington state and put the state at the forefront of women’s equity in state agencies, died on March 31 after a long illness.

Belcher made a blunder in public office, turning the state’s premier land management agency to conservation. In her 10 years as a state representative, major achievements in her legislative career have included subsidized child care for state workers and the establishment of equal pay for women in the state government. Along the way, Belcher earned a reputation for a work ethic as his posture as Ramrod.

Francisco Gonzalez, 68, founding member of the Chicano rock band Los Lobos and advocate of son Jarocho (“Veracruz Sound”), who created solo albums, composed strings for Mexican guitars large and small, and was music director of Teatro Campesino, died on March 30 from cancer. died .

Terry Wallis, 57, who spontaneously regained their ability to speak after a traumatic brain injury, left them virtually unresponsive for 19 years, and then became the subject of a major study showing that a damaged brain How could he heal himself, died on March 29 in a rehabilitation facility. Cersei, Arkansas. His brother George Wallis said he had pneumonia and heart problems.

Tabby and Bunny Diamond, The two members of the Mighty Diamonds, a Jamaican trio that helped lead the wave of Root reggae from the streets of Kingston to international fame in the 1970s, died within days of each other. Tabby Diamond, whose birth name was Donald Shaw, was shot and killed outside his home in Kingston on March 29. He was 66 years old. Bunny Diamond, born Fitzroy Simpson and who had been in declining health since suffering a stroke in 2015, died on April 1. in a hospital in the same city. He was 70 years old.

Doris Derby, 82, an educator, artist, activist and civil rights-era photographer who turned his camera away from the violence of the times to capture the quieter moments of the movement, documenting the transformation of black life in rural Mississippi in doing so , died on 28 March. in Atlanta. The reason for this was the complications of cancer.

“I had a quest to show what the average person was doing,” he told the Southern Oral History Program in collaboration with the Smithsonian’s National Museum of African American History and Culture in 2011. “I was looking to show my culture as a whole, not just a little bit, or negative stereotypes.”

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