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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

Welcome to another edition of Dead End.

We have many great individuals to remember this week. 

First, we remember animator Ed Benedict, who brought to life 
such cartoon characters as Fred Flintstone and Yogi Bear.

Second, we remember Emmy-winning comedy writer Jerry Belson 
who worked on "The Odd Couple" and "The Dick Van Dyke Show."

Next, we remember longtime New York Times correspondent R.W. 
Apple Jr., who covered wars from Vietnam to the Persian Gulf.

And finally, we remember Eve Adamson, founder of New York's 
acclaimed Jean Cocteau Repertory company.

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Legendary animator Ed Benedict, who brought to life such 
classic cartoon characters as Fred Flintstone, Barney Rubble 
and Yogi Bear, has died at the age of 94. Benedict worked at 
MGM, Universal and other studios before joining Bill Hanna 
and Joe Barbera at their groundbreaking Hanna-Barbera TV 
animation studio in the late 1950s. He designed characters 
for their first series, 1957's "The Ruff & Reddy Show." For 
"The Flintstones," Benedict designed the cavemen Fred and 
Barney, as well as their long-suffering wives, Wilma and 
Betty, and the show's array of Stone Age houses and gadgets. 
Benedict also worked for cartoon legend, Tex Avery, and at 
MGM, he was the lead layout artist and designer on "Deputy 
Droppy" and other popular theatrical shorts. He also worked 
with "Woody Woodpecker" creator Walter Lantz on several 
shorts, including "The Dizzy Dwarf" and "Unpopular Mechanic."

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Emmy-winning comedy writer Jerry Belson of "The Odd Couple" 
and "The Dick Van Dyke Show" has died in Los Angeles at the 
age of 68, his daughter said. "He was truly one of the 
funniest persons I ever met," friend and writing partner 
Garry Marshall told The Los Angeles Times. The report said 
Kristine Belson said her father died of prostate cancer. 
Belson, who worked with Marshall as a TV comedy-writing 
team of the 1960s and early '70, also wrote for "The Lucy 
Show," "The Danny Thomas Show," "Gomer Pyle, U.S.M.C.," 
"The Joey Bishop Show" and "Hey Landlord," which they 
created. "He was a brave and risky writer; he tried every-
thing," Marshall said. "I remember he'd write some far-out 
stuff and I'd say, 'Jerry, four people are going to get 
this joke.' He'd always say, 'More than enough.'" Belson is 
survived by his wife, actress and artist Jo Ann Belson; 
three children; a sister and brother; and two grandchildren.


R.W. Apple Jr., the longtime New York Times correspondent 
who charted the fall of Richard Nixon and covered wars from 
Vietnam to the Persian Gulf while having a parallel career 
as a food and travel writer, died Wednesday, the New York 
Times reported. He was 71. Apple worked at The Wall Street 
Journal and NBC News before joining the Times in 1963. 
During his time as national political correspondent for the 
paper, he covered the Vietnam and Persian Gulf Wars, the 
Iranian revolution and the collapse of Eastern Bloc 
governments. He also extensively chronicled the Watergate 
scandal. Apple also had a lighter side in his writing career. 
He traveled the world as a food and travel writer, covering 
everything from hot dogs in Chicago to bacon in Wisconsin. 
He is survived by his wife Betsey, his longtime travel 
companion who was a fixture in his many first-person 

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Eve Adamson, founder of New York's acclaimed Jean Cocteau 
Repertory company, has died at the age of 68. The New York
Times said the cause of Adamson's death was unknown as of 
Wednesday. The Cocteau company was launched in a converted 
Greenwich Village storefront in 1971 by Adamson and a group 
of her fellow actors. The troupe performed a variety of 
classic plays that won plaudits from critics and soon became 
a keystone of New York's Off Broadway scene. In 1981, 
Adamson directed "Something Cloudy, Something Clear," the 
last play written by Tennessee Williams to premier in New 
York while he was still alive. Adamson, a native of Beverly 
Hills, stepped down as artistic director in 1989 after 18 
years on the job but quickly became active in the Phoenix 
Theatre Ensemble, which was formed by Cocteau alumni.

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Notable deaths this week in history...

In 1974, television host Ed Sullivan, who entertained 
hundreds of millions of Americans as the host of the long-
running televised Sunday evening variety show, died of cancer 
at the age of 73.

In 1985, Orson Welles, the Hollywood "boy wonder" who 
created the film classic Citizen Kane, and scared tens of 
thousands of Americans with a realistic radio report of a 
Martian invasion of New Jersey, died at age 70.

In 1991, memorable comedian and actor Redd Foxx, best known 
for his role as Fred G. Sanford on Sanford and Son, died of 
a heart attack. He was 68.

In 2004, Christopher Reeve, the actor well known for his 
role as Superman, as well as the accident that damaged his 
spinal cord, died of heart failure. He was 52.

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