IN REMEMBRANCE: 11-28-2010

MARGARET T. BURROUGHS, MUSEUM FOUNDER
Margaret Burroughs (Photo by Robert Abbott Sengstacke/Getty Images)
CHICAGO (AP) — A founder of one of the oldest African-American history museums in the country has died.
A spokesman for the DuSable Museum of African American History in Chicago, Raymond Ward, says Margaret Burroughs died in her sleep at her Chicago home Sunday morning at age 93.
Further details were not immediately available.
President Barack Obama said in a statement that Burroughs was “widely admired for her contributions to American culture as an esteemed artist, historian, educator, and mentor.”
Burroughs founded the museum with her husband and others on Chicago’s South Side in 1961.
The museum has pieces of art, exhibits on civil rights and a display on Chicago’s first black mayor, Harold Washington. It was named after Jean Baptiste Point du Sable, widely regarded as Chicago’s first permanent resident.

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MARGARET T. BURROUGHS, FOUNDER OF DUSABLE MUSEUM
November 21, 2010  2:21 PM|
Dr. Margaret Burroughs, the principal founder of the DuSable Museum of African American History on Chicago‘s South Side, died today. She was 95.
Dr. Margaret T. Burroughs (center) walks with Mayor Richard Daley through the Margaret T. Burroughs Gallery at the South Shore Cultural Center following the opening ribbon cutting ceremony for the gallery in February. (Heather Charles/ Chicago Tribune)
Burroughs and her husband, Charles Burroughs, founded the museum–named after Jean Baptiste Point du Sable, who is widely regarded as Chicago‘s first permanent resident–in 1961. For the first ten years of its existence, the museum operated out of the Burroughs’ home and she served as its executive director.
Known by many as a prominent artist and writer, Burroughs was born Nov. 1, 1915 in Saint Rose, La. and moved to Chicago with her family by the time she was a teenager.
She attended Englewood High School from where her community activism was jumpstarted when she and classmate Gwendolyn Brooks, a Pulitzer Prize-winning poet, joined the NAACP Youth Council.
She taught art at DuSable High School in the Bronzeville neighborhood for more than 20 years. She taught for 10 years at Kennedy-King College. She also earned a Masters degree in Fine Arts from the Art Institute of Chicago.
In 1986, she was appointed as a commissioner for the Chicago Park District under then-Mayor Harold Washington. Her current term would’ve expired in 2013.
In 1989, she won the Paul Robeson Award–named after the African American singer and actor known for his political activism in the 1950s–which was also given to other well-known figures involved in the arts including writers Studs Terkel and Maya Angelou, and actors Bill Cosby and Sidney Poitier.
President Barack Obama issued the following statement:
“Michelle and I are saddened by the passing of Dr. Margaret Burroughs, who was widely admired  for her contributions to American culture as an esteemed artist, historian, educator, and mentor.  In 1961, Dr. Burroughs founded the DuSable Museum of African-American History on the South Side of Chicago, which served as a beacon of culture and a resource worldwide for African-American history. She was also admired for her generosity and commitment to underserved communities through her children’s books, art workshops and community centers that both inspired and educated young people about African-American culture.”
“Our thoughts and prayers go out to Dr. Burroughs’ family and loved ones. Her legacy will live on in Chicago and around the world.”
Tribune reporter William Lee contributed to this story.
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WILLIAM SELF, TV PRODUCER, BROUGHT ‘MASH’, ‘BATMAN’, TO TV SCREEN
Pioneer Press
Updated: 11/20/2010 07:56:23PM  CST
William Self, a prolific producer who brought a long list of successful shows
to television — “Daniel Boone,” “Peyton Place,” “Batman” and “M*A*S*H” among
them — transforming 20th Century-Fox Television into a leading supplier of
programming to the networks in the 1960s and 1970s, died Monday in Los Angeles.
He was 89.
The cause was a heart attack, his daughter, Barbara Malone, said.
Self, like many other struggling actors in the 1940s, discovered that
Hollywood can be a tough place to make a living, but unlike most of the
competition, he played a top-class game of tennis that nurtured relationships
with the likes of studio boss Jack Warner and Charlie Chaplin.
A steady diet of small roles in good films — he made five movies with John
Wayne, most of them directed by Howard Hawks, and five films with Spencer Tracy
— and good contacts made on the tennis court led to a fast start as a television
producer.
After overseeing the anthology series “The Schlitz Playhouse of Stars” in the
early 1950s, he took executive positions at CBS and Fox, where he developed or
oversaw some of the most successful and prestigious shows on television. He also
produced the pilot episode of “The Twilight Zone.”
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LESLIE NIELSEN, PROLIFIC ACTOR
By ANITA GATES
Published: November 28, 2010

Leslie Nielsen, the Canadian-born actor who in middle age tossed aside three decades of credibility in dramatic and romantic roles to make a new, far more successful career as a comic actor in films like “Airplane!” and the “Naked Gun” series, died on Sunday in Fort Lauderdale, Fla. He was 84.
November 29,
2010
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Leslie Nielsen in 1993.
November 29,
2010
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Mr. Nielsen, center, with Julie Haggerty, Peter Graves and, on the floor, Kareem Abdul-Jabbar, in “Airplane!” (1980).
November 29,
2010
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Leslie Nielsen in 2009.
According to The Associated Press, his agent, John S. Kelly, said Mr. Nielsen died at a hospital near his home in Fort Lauderdale where he was being treated for pneumonia.
Mr. Nielsen, a tall  man with a matinee-idol profile, was often cast as an earnest hero at the beginning of his film career, in the 1950s.
His best-known roles included the stalwart spaceship captain in the science fiction classic “Forbidden Planet” (1956), the wealthy, available Southern aristocrat in “Tammy and the Bachelor” (1957) and an ocean liner captain faced with disaster in “The Poseidon Adventure” (1972).
In the 1960s and ’70s, as his hair turned white and he became an even more distinguished figure, Mr. Nielsen played serious military men, government leaders and even a mob boss, appearing in crime dramas, westerns and the occasional horror movie.
Then, in the low-budget, big-money-making 1980 disaster-movie parody “Airplane!” he was cast as a clueless doctor on board a possibly doomed jetliner. Critics and audiences alike praised his deadpan comic delivery, and his career was reborn.
“Airplane!” was followed by a television series, “Police Squad!” (1982), from the film’s director-writers.
It lasted only six episodes, but Mr. Nielsen, his goofy character, Lt. Frank Drebin, and the creators went on to three successful feature-film spinoffs.
The first, “The Naked Gun: From the Files of Police Squad!” (1988), was followed by “The Naked Gun 2 ½: The Smell of Fear” (1991) and “The Naked Gun 33 1/3: The Final Insult” (1994), whose cast included Priscilla Presley, O. J. Simpson and Anna Nicole Smith.
Other filmmakers cast Mr. Nielsen in a variety of comedies, including “Repossessed” (1990), an “Exorcist” spoof with Linda Blair; “Dracula: Dead and Loving It” (1995); “Spy Hard” (1996); and “2001: A Space Travesty” (2000).
None were received as well as the “Naked Gun” films, but Mr. Nielsen found a new continuing role as the paranoid, out-of-control president of the United States in “Scary Movie 3” (2003) and “Scary Movie 4” (2006).
In keeping with his adopted comic persona, when Mr. Nielsen in 1993 published an autobiography, “Naked Truth,” it was one that cheerfully, blatantly fabricated events in his life.
They included two Academy Awards, an affair with Elizabeth Taylor and a stay at a rehabilitation center, battling dopey-joke addiction.
In real life he was nominated twice for Emmy Awards, in 1982 as outstanding lead actor in a comedy series for “Police Squad!” and in 1988 as outstanding guest actor in a comedy series for an episode of “Day by Day,” an NBC sitcom about yuppies and day care.
Off screen, he was made an Officer of the Order of Canada, the country’s highest civilian honor, in 2002.
Leslie William Nielsen was born on Feb. 11, 1926, in Regina, Saskatchewan.
The son of a member of the Royal Canadian Mounted Police of Danish heritage and a Welsh mother, he grew up in the Northwest Territories and in Edmonton, Alberta, where he graduated from high school. Jean Hersholt, the Danish-born actor and humanitarian, was an uncle.
Mr. Nielsen enlisted in the Royal Canadian Air Force before his 18th birthday and trained as an aerial gunner during World War II, but he was never sent overseas.
He began his career in radio in Calgary, Alberta, then studied at the Academy of Studio Arts in Toronto and at the Neighborhood Playhouse in New York. This led him to his television debut, in a 1950 episode of “Actors Studio,” an anthology series on CBS.
By the time Mr. Nielsen made his film debut, in 1956, he had made scores of appearances in series and performed in one Broadway play, “Seagulls Over Sorrento” in 1952, as a tyrannical navy petty officer.
He continued to make guest appearances in television series throughout his career, and with great regularity through the 1970s.
And he did stage work, touring North America and Britain in a one-man show about the crusading lawyer Clarence Darrow.
His final projects included “Lipshitz Saves the World” (2007), an NBC movie comedy, and “Scary Movie 5,” to be released.
Mr. Nielsen married four times. His first wife (1950-56) was Monica Boyer; his second (1958-73) was Alisande Ullman, with whom he had two daughters; and his third (1981-83) was Brooks Oliver. Those marriages ended in divorce.
In 2001 he married Barbaree Earl; a resident of Fort Lauderdale, she survives him, as do his daughters, Maura Nielsen Kaplan and Thea Nielsen Disney.
His elder brother, Erik Nielsen, who was deputy prime minister of Canada from 1984 to 1986, died in 2008.
In a 1988 interview with The New York Times, Leslie Nielsen discussed his career-rejuvenating transition to comedy, a development that he had recently described as “too good to be true.”
“It’s been dawning on me slowly that for the past 35 years I have been cast against type,” he said, “and I’m finally getting to do what I really wanted to do.”

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