Bart Howard was 88. He was a songwriter and pianist best known for his composition "Fly Me to the Moon".
On a personal note, "Fly Me to the Moon" was the tune I bummed my high school graduation quote from.
Jan Miner was 86. She was a New York stage actress who gained fame as Madge, the manicurist in Palmolive television ads.
Just the other day Taryn and I were watching a program when a commercial for Palmolive came on the screen. I wondered aloud what had happend to Madge because I hadn't seen her featured in an ad in quite some time. I half assumed she had passed on and I had just missed it. It turns out she was doing fine until I realized all the new Palmolive ads were sans Madge.
Claude Ryan was 79. He was best known across Canada as the cerebral leader of the provincial federalist forces that defeated Rene Levesque in the 1980 referendum.
Jack Paar was 85. He pioneered late-night talk as host of "The Tonight Show".
Jack Tunney was 68. He teamed with Vince McMahon Jr. in 1984 to bring the World Wrestling Federation to Toronto.
As a child, I loved watching WWF wrestling. I remember clearly Billy Red Lyons on CHCH announcing the card coming to Maple Leaf Gardens and it was always brought to us by Jack Tunney.
Fanny Blankers-Koen was 85. She claimed four gold medals at the 1948 Olympic Games in London and was widely considered the greatest female athlete of the 20th century.
Helmut Newton was 83. He was a fashion photographer whose work appeared in magazines such as Playboy, Elle and Vogue. He was best known for his stark, black-and-white nude photos.
Bob "Captain Kangaroo" Keeshan was 76. As Captain Kangaroo he entertained and educated generations of children.
Ann Miller was 81. She was a tap dancer and actress who starred in such Hollywood musical classics as "Easter Parade," "On the Town" and "Kiss Me Kate".
Noble Willingham was 72. He worked steadily as a supporting actor over the last 30 years and left his role as a saloon owner on the series "Walker, Texas Ranger" to run for Congress.
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