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            DEAD END - Friday, February 10, 2006        
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"Death borders upon our birth, and our cradle stands in the 
grave. Our birth is nothing but our death begun." Bishop Hall

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Welcome to another edition of Dead End.

Here is some Dead End news: the body of "Curious George" co-
writer Alan Shalleck was found this week under garbage bags 
at a senior citizen retirement village where he lived. Police 
are treating Shalleck's death as a homicide. 

Shalleck co-wrote several books with "Curious George" creator 
Margret Rey and wrote and directed 105 episodes of the Disney 
Channel's short cartoons based on the series, the newspaper 
said. Police have not revealed the cause of Shalleck's death 
but told the newspaper their investigation focused on homicide. 
He was 76.
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Philadelphia soul hit-maker Gene McFadden, who co-wrote 
"Ain't No Stoppin' Us Now" with his partner John Whitehead, 
has died at age 56. McFadden died at his Philadelphia home 
Friday of liver and lung cancer, the Philadelphia Inquirer 
reported Saturday. In addition to "Ain't No Stoppin' Us Now," 
McFadden and Whitehead were responsible for hits such as the 
O'Jays' "Backstabbers" and Harold Melvin & the Blue Notes' 
"Wake Up Everybody." The duo met in high school and formed a 
band called the Epsilons, which toured with Otis Redding 
until his death in 1967, the Inquirer said. They later had a 
moderate hit in 1970 with "The Echo" and later changed their 
name to Talk of the Town. Producers Kenny Gamble and Leon 
Huff recognized McFadden and Whitehead's songwriting talent 
and hired them at Philadelphia International, where they 
stayed for 16 years. McFadden is survived by his wife, two 
daughters and two sons.

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Actor/comedian/political activist Al Lewis, best known as 
TV's "Grandpa Munster," has died in New York at age 82. The 
former New York gubernatorial candidate died Friday night,
the New York Daily News reported Sunday. The funnyman born 
Albert Meister took the long route to fame, working as a a 
salesman, waiter, poolroom owner, store detective, circus 
clown and vaudeville performer before becoming a household 
name via the role of Officer Leo Schnauser in the 1960s 
sitcom, "Car 54 Where Are You?" His legend was solidified 
when he became the patriarch of "The Munsters," which ran 
only from 1964 to 1966, but remains popular in syndicated 
reruns worldwide. The holder of a Ph.D. in child psychology 
from Columbia University, had a popular New York restaurant 
he called Grandpas' and ran for governor under the Green 
Party flag in 1998. Among his survivors are his wife, three 
sons and four grandchildren.


Nashville's first female music manager, Louise Scruggs, the 
wife of banjo legend Earl Scruggs, has died at age 78. 
Scruggs died of respiratory problems at Nashville's Baptist 
Hospital Thursday, the Tennessean reported. Scruggs helped 
incorporate bluegrass into the folk music boom of the 1950s 
and 1960s and helped turn the genre into a money-making 
business, the newspaper said. Louise Certain spotted her 
husband-to-be during a Grand Ole Opry show in 1946. Earl 
Scruggs had just joined Bill Monroe's Blue Grass Boys band.
Despite his obvious talent, she recalled she was "more struck 
by him, not his playing." The pair met after the show and 
married two years later. She formed the Scruggs Talent Agency 
and got her husband on the bill of the first Newport Folk 
Festival in 1959, orchestrated live Flatt & Scruggs recordings 
at Carnegie Hall and Vanderbilt University and set the deals 
with TV's "The Beverly Hillbillies" and the big screen's 
"Bonnie and Clyde." She is survived by her husband, Earl, as 
well as sons Gary and Randy.

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Former Jimmy Durante sidekick Sonny "Lounge Giant" King has 
died in Las Vegas. He was 83. King died at home Friday of 
cancer, the Los Angeles Times reported Monday. King and 
Durante first hooked up for a brief stint in 1950 at New 
York's Copacabana. They reunited again four years later and 
remained a team until Durante's 1980 death, the newspaper 
said. King recalled in an interview their relationship was 
almost "spiritual." King frequently held court in the lounge 
of the Las Vegas Sands while the Rat Pack played the main 
room, the Times said. Frank Sinatra nicknamed him the "Lounge 
Giant" and was the godfather to King's daughter, Antoinette, 
who was born in 1958. Early in their careers, King's roommate 
was another Rat Packer -- Dean Martin -- and he's credited 
with introducing Martin to his comedy partner, Jerry Lewis.
King appeared in the Rat Pack movies "Sergeants 3" in 1962 
and 1964's "Robin and the Seven Hoods." King is survived by 
his wife, Peggy, a daughter, three sons, his brother and a 

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Notable deaths this week in history...

In 1981, Bill Haley, a pioneer of the rock music genre, who 
with his group the Comets recorded several rock hits, died 
at the age of 55.

In 1993, Arthur Ashe, a tennis champion who spent his years 
in the sport fighting discrimination and then spent the final 
year of his life seeking to broaden public awareness on the 
subject of AIDS, died at age 49.

In 1999, British author Iris Murdoch, whose novels offered 
lively plots, complex characters and intellectual speculation, 
died at the age of 79.

In 2001, actress, singer and author Dale Evans, known for 
her partnership with husband Roy Rogers, died at the age 
of 88.

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