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           Biography - Thursday, September 21, 2006 
       "Real stories and fascinating details behind the 
         most intriguing people who have ever lived." 

Greetings Biography Buff, 

Actor and former boxer Robert Earl Jones died on September 7 
of natural causes. His most recognizable role is that of con 
artist Luther Coleman in the movie The Sting. Today's DEAD 
OR ALIVE quiz features other cast members of The Sting. See 
if you know if they have had a visit from the Grim Reaper...

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--WHO AM I? 

--1. I was born April 22, 1950, in Beckenham, England. 

--2. I spent my pre-teen years performing with bands like 
     The Little Ravens, The Trubeats, and George & The 

--3. In 1967, at the age of 16, I became the lead guitarist 
     and singer for the pop-oriented group The Herd. 

--4. I launched a solo career with the debut album Wind Of 

--5. My singles Baby I Love Your Way, Do You Feel Like I Do? 
     and Show Me the Way dominated the American charts.

Who am I? (Answer at the bottom)



   See if you know if the following cast members of The 
   Sting have had a visit from the "Grim Reaper":  

--1. Paul Newman

--2. Robert Shaw

--3. Eileen Brennan

--4. Ray Walston

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****Some famous people born during this week in history: 

-- Frankie Avalon - September 18, 1940

Teen idol. Avalon was a child prodigy trumpet player, earn-
ing an appearance on the Jackie Gleason Show and making 
records for RCA Victor's subsidiary, 'X' Records. He was 
discovered by local impresario Bob Marcucci while playing 
backup trumpet in a local band. Eight months later, Avalon's 
first single, Cupid, came out on Marcucci's Chancellor label,
and his third release, Dede Dinah, hit the Top Ten. His 
first number one single was 1959's Venus, and he placed no 
fewer than six records in the Top 40 in that year alone. 
Although Avalon was the first of the manufactured teen idols, 
he had a music background to go along with the looks, and it 
was that talent that helped him succeed. In 1962, he teamed 
up with Annette Funicello and reinvented himself as a clean-
cut, pretty-boy surfer in a wildly successful batch of Beach 
Party movies.

-- Trisha Yearwood - September 19, 1964

Country singer. After graduating from Belmont University in 
Nashville, Yearwood was hired as a full time employee at MTM 
Records. She benefited from the company's resources, record-
ing a handful of demo tapes and working as a backup singer 
for some up-and-coming artists. With the help of producer 
Garth Fundis, Yearwood finally won a contract with MCA 
Records, and, in 1991, released her self-titled debut album, 
which was certified double platinum for two million copies 
sold. Her single She's in Love with the Boy debuted at No. 
1 on the singles chart, making her the first female country 
singer to accomplish that feat. Yearwood secured similar 
success with the 1992 release of Hearts in Armor. In 1997, 
Yearwood released Songbook: A Collection of Hits and was 
also honored with two Grammy Awards. Most recently, she 
recorded Real Live Woman, which featured the popular tracks
I'm Still Alive, Try Me Again, and the Bruce Springsteen 
cover Sad Eyes.

-- Stephen King - September 21, 1947

Writer. The success of his first horror novel, Carrie, 
enabled him to publish earlier work under the pseudonym 
Richard Bachman, a ploy which disguised the true extent of 
his prolific output of novels, short stories, and screen-
plays, until the ruse became public knowledge and he 
abandoned it. His own name became synonymous with best-
selling novels blending horror, fantasy, and science fiction 
into a consistently scary mix. His books have sold more 
than 100 million copies worldwide and include Salem's Lot, 
The Shining, The Dead Zone, Misery, Gerald's Game, and Cell. 
He has also written collections of short stories, including 
Hearts in Atlantis. Several were made into successful films, 
and he himself tried his hand at film directing. 

Check out the trailer for the film adaptation of his best-
selling novel Carrie:

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****Some famous people who have died during this week 
    in history: 

-- Jim Croce - September 20, 1973
Born January 10, 1943

Musician. Began his professional music career playing in 
bands while he was a student at Villanova University in 1964. 
In the late 1960s Capitol records signed Jim and his wife 
Ingrid to a recording contract. Their one and only album was 
a failure and Jim returned to his hometown of Philadelphia, 
Pennsylvania and worked for a time as a truck driver. He 
continued writing songs and was later signed as a solo artist
by ABC Records. He had three highly successful albums with 
ABC and several hit singles including, You Don't Mess Around
With Jim, Operator, Bad, Bad Leroy Brown, I Got A Name, Time 
In A Bottle, and I'll Have To Say I Love You In A Song. His 
career came to a tragic end when he and his fellow musicians 
boarded a private plane in Louisiana to travel to a show in 
Texas. The plane crashed in Natchitoches, Louisiana shortly 
after takeoff killing everyone on board.

-- George C. Scott - September 22, 1999
Born October 18, 1927

Stage and film actor. His New York stage debut in the 1957 
Shakespeare Festival brought him such praise that he was 
soon taking leading roles in stage plays and films, and 
starred in an admired television series, East Side, West 
Side. He made his film debut in The Hanging Tree, and other 
early roles included The Hustler and Dr Strangelove. His 
most celebrated film role was in Patton, for which he 
received an Oscar for Best Actor, but he refused to accept 
it after denouncing the Academy Awards as a meat parade. In 
1971 he also refused the Emmy Award as Best Actor in a TV 
production of Arthur Miller's The Price. Intense as an actor 
and in person, he was particularly known for his portrayal 
of angry men, but he also played comic and warm-hearted 

See the actor in his award winning role as Patton:

Last Days of Patton - Patton Returns to the U.S.
George C. Scott as Patton

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Question of the Week


--Answer to "WHO AM I?" 

Peter Frampton. Frampton was a musical prodigy who taught 
himself to play the guitar at age seven. He spent his pre-
teen years performing with bands like The Little Ravens, The 
Trubeats, and George & the Dragons. Frampton eventually 
caught the attention of The Rolling Stones' manager, Bill 
Wyman, who recruited him to join the Preachers. In 1967, 
under Wyman's tutelage, Frampton became the lead guitarist 
and singer for the group The Herd. 

He left the group after two years and hit singles like From 
the Underworld and I Don't Want Our Loving to Die. He formed 
the blues-based rock band Humble Pie with Steve Marriott, 
but left two years later to strike out on his own. He 
launched his solo career in 1972 with the release of his 
debut album Wind of Change. He toured extensively over the 
next few years, promoting the albums Frampton's Camel, 
Somethin's Happening and Frampton.
His 1976 live double recording Frampton Comes Alive! sold 
over 10 million copies, becoming the bestselling live rock 
album in history. His singles Baby I Love Your Way, Do You 
Feel Like I Do? and Show Me the Way dominated the American 
charts. After a near-fatal automobile accident, Frampton was 
forced to temporarily shelve his music career. He recorded 
sporadically throughout the 1980s, most notably Breaking All 
The Rules, The Art of Control, and Premonition. 


--Answers to "DEAD OR ALIVE:" 

--1. Paul Newman - ALIVE - 01/26/1925   Age 81

--2. Robert Shaw - DEAD - 08/09/1927 - 08/22/1978 
     Cause of Death: Heart attack

--3. Eileen Brennan - ALIVE - 09/03/1935  Age 71

--4. Ray Walston - DEAD - 12/02/1914 - 01/01/2001 
     Cause of Death: Lupus

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