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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.

This week we say goodbye to an adventurous and influential 
American director of the late 20th century, Robert Altman. 
Also we remember this week history the deaths of not only 
the most successful writer in America in the early 20th 
century, Jack London, but as well as our 35th president 
John F. Kennedy.


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            ROBERT ALTMAN, DIRECTOR, DEAD AT 81

Robert Altman, the American film director, died Monday in 
Los Angeles. He was 81. He is best remembered for a run of 
masterly films that propelled him to the forefront of American 
directors and culminated in 1975 with what many regard as his 
greatest film, "Nashville." The best known was "MASH," the 
1970 comedy that was set in a field hospital during the Korean 
war but that was clearly aimed at antiwar sentiments engendered 
by Vietnam. Its success, both critically and at the box office, 
opened the way for Mr. Altman to pursue his ambitions. "Robert 
Altman is an artist and a gambler," his longtime assistant 
director, Alan Rudolph, wrote in a 1994 tribute.

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              RUTH BROWN, SINGER, DEAD AT 78

Ruth Brown, the gutsy rhythm and blues singer whose career 
extended to acting and crusading for musicians’ rights, died 
on Friday in Las Vegas. She was 78. "She was one of the 
original divas," said the singer Bonnie Raitt. Ms. Brown 
sustained a career for six decades. Sometimes it was said that 
R&B stood as much for Ruth Brown as it did for rhythm and 
blues. After Ms. Brown’s string of hits ended, she kept singing 
but also went on to a career in television, radio and movies 
and on Broadway, where she won a Tony Award for her part in 
"Black and Blue." Ms. Brown was the best-selling black female 
performer of the early 1950s, even though, in that segregated 
era, many of her songs were picked up and redone by white 
singers, The pop singer Frankie Laine gave her a lasting 
nickname: Miss Rhythm. 

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        NICHOLAS PROFFITT, JOURNALIST, DEAD AT 63

Nicholas Proffitt, a war correspondent for Newsweek in Vietnam 
and Beirut who also wrote a novel and a screenplay based on his 
service in the honor guard at Arlington National Cemetery, died 
on Nov. 10 at his home in Naples, Fla. He was 63. Mr. Proffitt 
covered the Vietnam War for Newsweek as a correspondent in 1970 
and as its Saigon bureau chief in 1971. In April 1975, Mr. 
Proffitt returned to Vietnam to cover the fall of Saigon. He 
retired in 1981 and began writing novels. Mr. Proffitt’s first 
novel, "Gardens of Stone" (1983), was made into a film, 
directed by Francis Ford Coppola, in 1987. After "Gardens of 
Stone," he wrote "Embassy House" (1986), about C.I.A. 
operations in Vietnam, and "Edge of Eden" (1990), about animal 
poaching in Africa, based on his time there.

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       PETER WENSBERG, FORMER POLAROID VP, DEAD AT 77

Peter Wensberg, a driving force in raising the Polaroid 
company’s profile in the 1970s by broadening its distribution 
of the "instant camera," died Nov. 8 in Peterborough, N.H. He 
was 77. Mr. Wensberg was Polaroid’s senior vice president for 
marketing from 1971 to 1982. A key tool in his strategy for 
sales beyond the local camera shop was a series of television 
commercials that Mr. Wensberg insisted be both emotionally 
appealing and technically instructive. That concept was first 
used in 1972, when Polaroid introduced its SX-70 model, the 
instant color camera capable of taking successive pictures 
without a delay. Mr. Wensberg left Polaroid in 1982, and 
joined Atari, the maker of computer games. In 1987, he wrote 
"Land’s Polaroid: A Company and the Man Who Invented It."

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Notable deaths this week in history...
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In 1916, Jack London, the most successful writer in America 
in the early 20th century, died at the age of 40.

In 1963, John Fitzgerald Kennedy, 35th President of the United 
States, died at age of 46.
 
In 1991, Freddie Mercury, the lead singer of the popular 
British rock group Queen, died at his London home. He was 45.

In 1992, country music icon Roy Acuff, who sold more records 
in the 1930s and 1940s than any country star, died at the 
age of 89.

In 1993, actor Bill Bixby, whose most memorable role was that   
of "The Incredible Hulk", died at the age of 59.
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