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Jazz musician and ‘Schoolhouse Rock!’ singer Jack Sheldon dies at 88

LOS ANGELES (AP) — Jack Sheldon, an acclaimed jazz musician whose trumpet graced the award-winning song “The Shadow of Your Smile” and who was known to TV viewers as the puckish sidekick to talk show host Merv Griffin, has died. He was 88. Sheldon died Friday of natural causes, his…...

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Sonny Mehta, Knopf publisher who guided millions to great reads, is dead at 77

Sonny Mehta, the literary savant who guided the reading hours of millions of people and the fortunes of venerable publisher Alfred A. Knopf for 32 years at a time of changing tastes, aggressive merchandising and demands for profits, died Monday at his home in New York City. He was 77.…...

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Jack Sheldon, jazz trumpeter and ‘Schoolhouse Rock!’ singer, dies at 88

Jack Sheldon was bandleader for TV talk-show host Merv Griffin, an acclaimed jazz trumpeter and vocalist on iconic “Schoolhouse Rock!” cartoons....

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Sonny Mehta, editor in chief of Knopf, dies at 77

Sonny Mehta served as editor in chief of Knopf, where he published Nobel Prize-winning authors like Toni Morrison. He died at 77....

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Gen. Paul X. Kelley, Top Marine Tested by a Bombing, Dies at 91

Gen. Paul X. Kelley, a highly decorated Vietnam veteran who rose to become commandant of the Marine Corps from 1983 to 1987 and endured the devastating bombing of a Marine barracks in Beirut, Lebanon, that killed 241 service members in 1983, died on Sunday at a care facility in McLean,…...

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Syd Mead, ‘Blade Runner’ and ‘Tron’ visual futurist designer, dies at 86

Syd Mead, the visionary conceptual artist who worked on science-fiction movies such as “Blade Runner” and “Tron,” died in Pasadena on Monday....

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One more reason to raise a glass this New Year’s: the life of Sonny Mehta

It was 1997, and I was on the hunt for a publisher for my biography of Sammy Davis Jr. The idea had already been rejected by my previous publisher, and I balked when it was suggested that I pursue another subject. My literary agent, Esther Newberg, had left a voice…...

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Sonny Mehta, Knopf Editor, Remembered by His Writers

Sonny Mehta, the Indian-born, Cambridge-educated editor who for more than 30 years presided over Alfred A. Knopf and the New York publishing scene with seemingly effortless grace and erudition, died on Monday at 77. Mehta published Nobelists and Pulitzer Prize winners as well as first-time authors, and here he is…...

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Peter Schreier, 84, Elegant German Tenor Who Also Conducted, Dies

Peter Schreier, a German tenor renowned for his performances in Mozart operas and Bach oratorios, and for the balance of vocal elegance and dramatic urgency he brought to the German art song, died on Dec. 25 in Dresden, Germany. He was 84.His death came after an unspecified illness, the German…...

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Gertrude Himmelfarb, Conservative Historian of Ideas, Dies at 97

Gertrude Himmelfarb, a historian of ideas who applied cool intelligence and elegant writing to making the case that Victorian-era morals should invigorate contemporary social policies, died on Monday night at her home in Washington. She was 97. Her son, the writer and commentator William Kristol, said the cause was congestive…...

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