Obituary

Bill Gallo, Cartoonist and Columnist for the New York Daily News Dies at 88

Bill Gallo: Image from Associated Press (AP)

NEW YORK (AP) - Bill Gallo, a cartoonist and columnist for the New York Daily News, whose playful characters included that of New York Yankees owner George Steinbrenner as General Von Steingrabber, has died. He was 88.

 

Gallo, who worked for the paper for seven decades, died Tuesday from complications of pneumonia at White Plains Hospital, the News reported Tuesday.

 

"His death closed a chapter in the storied history of The News," said Daily News Chairman and publisher Mortimer Zuckerman told the paper. "The passing of our great cartoonist, colleague and friend Bill Gallo marks the end of an era."

 

Gallo profiled in ink and sometimes in words most of the great sports figures of the past century, going back to Jack Dempsey, Man O' War, Jesse Owens and Dizzy Dean and his St. Louis Cardinals' Gas House Gang. The latter were his secret heroes, he told The Associated Press in an interview in 2000, secret because he devoted a lifetime at a drawing bo ard to amusing New York's rabidly loyal sports fans.

 

Among his memorable characters, aside from General Von Steingrabber, were Basement Bertha and Yuchie, who represented devoted Mets fans. The News said Gallo's last cartoon ran in the paper on April 19. It showed Bertha window shopping and hoping to be invited to the royal wedding.

 

Andree Chedid: Obituary

Andree Chedid -  Retrieved from Pas Un Autre

PARIS (AP) - Andree Chedid, an Egyptian-born French poet and writer known for giving lyrical expression to everyday experiences and celebrating cultural diversity, has died, her publisher said. She was 90.

Chedid died on Sunday (February 6, 2011) in Paris, where she settled after the end of World War II, the Flammarion publishing house said.

The prolific Cairo-born writer of Lebanese descent wrote volumes of poetry, novels, stories, plays, children's books and songs, including a hit for her grandson Matthieu Chedid, a French pop star whose stage name is "M." Her son, Louis Chedid, is also a well-known French singer.

French President Nicolas Sarkozy said she was part of a "generation of cosmopolitan intellectuals who chose France as their adopted land after the war, helping bring about a literary renaissance in our country."

Her novels included "Le Sixieme jour," about a family struggling with a cholera outbreak. Youssef Chahine, one of Egypt's most lauded movie directors, adapted it for the cinema.

In an homage, French Culture Minister Frederic Mitterrand wrote that Chedid was "very careful to reveal the secret side of things, to show them as they are and not to disguise the tragedies in life. She also wanted to show its beauties, greatness and joys, and all that gives hope to our daily lives, despite adversity."