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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 look back on the lives of some brilliant and 
talented individuals. First, we remember the physicist who 
helped launch the United States into the space age - James
Van Allen. We also remember internationally known ballerina 
Melissa Hayden and '50s music producer Richard Barrett. 
Finally, we remember comic strip artist Bob Thaves, the 
creator of syndicated comic strip "Frank & Ernest."

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JAMES VAN ALLEN, RENOWNED PHYSICIST, DEAD AT 91

Renowned physicist James Van Allen, who helped launch the 
United States into the space age and for whom the Van Allen 
radiation belts are named, has died. He was 91. Explorer I, 
the first successful U.S. space venture, carried, at Van 
Allen's insistence, a small Geiger counter. That led to a 
significant scientific finding: the discovery of two belts 
of intense radiation that surround the Earth. Although his 
scientific accomplishments were myriad, he opposed manned 
space flight: "Man is a fabulous nuisance in space right 
now (1959). He's not worth all the costs of putting him up 
there and keeping him comfortable." In 1951 Van Allen became 
a professor and head of the University of Iowa's Department 
of Physics and Astronomy, the Register reported. He held 
that position until he retired from teaching in 1985.


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MELISSA HAYDEN, VIBRANT BALLET STAR, DEAD AT 83

Internationally known ballerina Melissa Hayden has died of 
pancreatic cancer at her home in Winston-Salem, N.C., at age 
83. Hayden, who died Wednesday, was known for her blend of 
individuality and versatility in her dance, the New York 
Times reported Thursday. "Blunt honesty and generosity in 
her life and dancing, that was her name," said Jacques 
d'Amboise, her longtime partner. Hayden started her dancing 
career with the American Ballet Theater in 1945 then left 
in 1947 and returned for the 1953 and 1954 seasons. But 
mostly she was a member of New York's City Ballet, joining 
the troupe shortly after it was founded by George Balanchine 
and Lincoln Kirstein at the end of 1948. She retired from 
dancing in September 1973 and became a teacher of the art.
Hayden is survived by her husband, Donald Coleman, as well 
as a son and a daughter.


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RICHARD BARRETT, MUSIC PRODUCER, DEAD AT 73

Richard Barrett, who produced and managed 1950s New York 
Rhythm & Blues music and made stars of the Chantels and 
Frankie Lymon, has died at age 73. The New York Daily News 
said he was apparently 73, but never admitted his age. 
Barrett was influential in creating the R&B sound. He 
started singing with a vocal group, the Valentines, because 
they wanted to record a song he had written, "Summer's Love," 
the Daily News said. The Valentines later recorded "Lily 
Maebelle," "My Story of Love" and "Woo Woo Train." In 1955, 
Barrett became involved with The Teenagers, whose vocalist 
Frankie Lymon he coached in style and phrasing, the newspaper 
said. Barrett also produced Little Anthony and the Channels.
Barrett could do it all -- sing, produce and choreograph, 
the newspaper reported. Barrett died of pancreatic cancer, 
though he was still pitching almost to his last day, the 
Daily News said.


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BOB THAVES, COMIC STRIP ARTIST, DEAD AT 81

Comic strip artist Bob Thaves, creator of the popular 
syndicated strip "Frank & Ernest," died on Tuesday of 
respiratory failure. He was 81. The strip, which entertained
newspaper readers for decades, focuses on the happy-go-lucky 
punsters Frank and Ernest. Thaves's son, Tom, has 
collaborated with his father on the strip since 1997 and 
will continue to produce it. Thaves began cartooning as a 
child and was published in a college humor magazine at the 
University of Minnesota, reported The New York Times. After 
working as a cartoonist for various magazines, Thaves 
created "Frank & Ernest" while working as an industrial 
psychology consultant in Los Angeles. In addition to his 
son, Thaves is survived by his daughter, Sara, and his 
wife of 52 years, Katie. 


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Notable deaths this week in history...

In 1937, Edith Wharton, the Pulitzer Prize winning author of 
Ethan Frome," and "The Age of Innocence," died after suffer-
ing a stroke. She was 75.

In 1957, legendary comic actor Oliver Hardy, who found his 
greatest success when paired with Stan Laurel, died at the 
age of 65.

In 1982, Henry Fonda, the tall, gangling Oscar-winning actor 
who starred in such classics as The Grapes of Wrath and On 
Golden Pond, died at the age of 77.

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