Ray Getliffe

MONTREAL (AP) _ Ray Getliffe, the hard-hitting forward credited with giving Canadiens teammate Maurice Richard the nickname "The Rocket," died Sunday, his son said. He was 94

Getliffe was the second-oldest living former NHL player, about four months younger than Clint Smith, who played for the New York Rangers and Chicago Blackhawks.

Getliffe played 10 seasons with the Boston Bruins and Montreal Canadiens from 1935-45.

A native of Galt, Ontario, Ray Getliffe retired at 31 with 136 goals and 250 points in 393 games. He won a Stanley Cup with the Bruins in 1939 and again with Montreal in 1944.

But his best-known contribution to hockey may have been the moniker he is credited with giving the great Richard in 1942.

"I was sitting on the bench during a practice with Murph Chamberlain and Phil Watson," Getliffe told the Hockey Hall of Fame's Stanley Cup Journal three years ago. "(Elmer) Lach was on the ice with Richard and fed him a lovely pass.

"Richard got the puck and took off. I leaned over to Murph and said, 'Wow, Richard took off like a rocket!' Dink Carroll, he was a sportswriter with the (Montreal) Gazette, heard me and the next day in the paper wrote something about Richard skating like a rocket."


Anne Martindell

PRINCETON, N.J. (AP) _ Anne C. Martindell, a groundbreaking female lawmaker and diplomat, died Wednesday, her son told the New York Times. She was 93.

Martindell was the state chairwoman for Sen. George McGovern's 1972 presidential campaign, leading the state delegation to that year's Democratic convention. In 1973, she scored an upset victory over a Republican incumbent to win a state Senate seat from Mercer County, a seat she held for four years.

An early endorsement and campaign work for President Jimmy Carter helped Martindell receive an appointment as director of the Office of Foreign Disaster Assistance of the U.S. Agency for International Development.

Martindell was named ambassador to New Zealand and Western Samoa.

In 1999, Martindell returned to Smith College, where she had dropped out in the 1930s to marry stockbroker George C. Scott Jr. She earned a bachelor's degree in American studies, and an honorary Doctor of Laws degree, in 2002, at age 87.

Martindell's memoirs were published last month by Boxed Books.


Walter A. Netsch Jr.

CHICAGO (AP) _ Prominent Chicago architect Walter A. Netsch Jr., who designed the University of Illinois-Chicago campus and the Cadet Chapel at the Air Force Academy in Colorado Springs, Colo., has died. He was 88.

Netsch died of pneumonia Sunday at his Chicago home, said his wife, former Illinois State Sen. Dawn Clark Netsch, who was the Democratic candidate for governor in 1994.

Netsch, a Chicago native who graduated from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology and later served in the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, spent nearly all of his architectural career in the Chicago office of Skidmore, Owings & Merrill, where he concentrated on institutional projects.

Many of Netsch's geometrically complex buildings departed from the glass-box orthodoxy of the International Style championed by such earlier 20th century figures as Ludwig Mies van der Rohe. Many were vilified when they were first built, and some were even later demolished.

But many current scholars maintain that Netsch's work represents a significant break from the style of the 1950s and 1960s and anticipates the unorthodox, computer-generated shapes of such contemporary architects as Frank Gehry.


Tony Schwartz

NEW YORK (AP) _ Tony Schwartz, who helped create the infamous "daisy ad" that ran only once during the 1964 presidential race but changed political advertising forever, died Sunday, his daughter said. He was 84.

Schwartz, who started his career as a graphic designer, collaborated with a team from the Doyle Dean Bernbach ad agency to create the spot featuring a little girl counting aloud as she removed the petals of a daisy.

The scene then changed into a countdown to an atomic blast. President Lyndon B. Johnson, the Democratic incumbent seeking re-election, did the voiceover with the line, "We must either love each other, or we must die" _ a paraphrase of a famous W.H. Auden poem written to mark the start of World War II.

The ad made no mention of Johnson's Republican opponent, Arizona Sen. Barry Goldwater, but the implication was clear. After public criticism, it was withdrawn.

Johnson went on to win re-election, and the spot has been credited with ushering in an era of negative political ads.

Schwartz worked on other campaigns, both for politicians and corporate clients like Coca-Cola and Chrysler. He also publicized in a series of commercials the dangers of smoking.

His work was acquired by the Library of Congress in 2007.


Kermit Scott

LELAND, Miss. (AP) _ Kermit Scott, the man believed to be the inspiration for Jim Henson's proto-Muppet, Kermit the Frog, has died. He was 71.

Scott's brother-in-law, Aaron Moss, said the retired philosophy professor who lived in Monroe, Va., died recently. He was 71.

Henson and Scott grew up as friends in Leland, a small Mississippi Delta town now home to a Muppets museum.

Family and friends said Scott shared his namesake's whimsical smile.

The Henson family moved away from Leland and the two lost touch. Scott went on to become a history professor at Yale, Purdue and Millsaps College, and was an advocate for the poor. He and his wife, Aadron, founded the Welfare Rights Organization and the food bank of Lafayette, Ind.


Esbjorn Svensson

STOCKHOLM, Sweden (AP) _ Swedish jazz pianist Esbjorn Svensson has died in a diving accident outside Sweden's capital. He was 44.

His manager Burkhard Hopper said Svensson died Saturday, but further details of the accident were not immediately available.

Svensson and his band, the Esbjorn Svensson Trio, became world renowned with their 2002 album "Strange Place for Snow." It won a string of jazz awards, including the Guinness Jazz in Europe Award and best international act in the BBC Jazz Awards.

In 2005, the trio became the first European jazz band to be featured on the cover of Downbeat jazz magazine in the U.S.


Stan Winston

LOS ANGELES (AP) _ Stan Winston, the Oscar-winning special-effects maestro responsible for bringing the dinosaurs of "Jurassic Park" and other iconic movie creatures to life, has died. He was 62.

Winston died at his home in Malibu on Sunday evening after a seven-year struggle with multiple myeloma, according to a representative from Stan Winston Studio.

Working with such directors as Steven Spielberg, James Cameron and Tim Burton in a career spanning four decades, Winston created some of the most memorable visual effects in cinematic history. He helped bring the dinosaurs from "Jurassic Park," the extraterrestrials from "Aliens, the robots from "Terminator" and even "Edward Scissorhands" to the big screen, and was a pioneer in merging real-world effects with computer imaging.

Winston won visual effects Oscars for 1986's "Aliens," 1992's "Terminator 2: Judgment Day" and 1993's "Jurassic Park." He also won a makeup Oscar for 1992's "Batman Returns."

He last worked with director Jon Favreau on "Iron Man."

As a child growing up in Virginia, Winston enjoyed drawing, puppetry and classic horror films. After graduating from the University of Virginia, Charlottesville in 1968, Winston moved to Southern California to become an actor but instead worked behind the scenes and completed a three-year makeup apprenticeship program at Walt Disney Studios in 1972.