NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) _ Raymond L. Danner Sr., a businessman who helped build the restaurant chain Shoney's, died Saturday. He was 83.
Danner died of cancer at his Nashville home, said Beth Courtney, a spokeswoman for his firm, the Danner Co.
Raised in Louisville, Ky., the son of a German immigrant started his career by buying a small grocery store in his hometown. He retired in 1987 as Shoney's chairman and then formed his own company, Danner Co.
Shoney's was started by Alex Schoenbaum in 1947 with one drive-in restaurant in Charleston, W.Va. In 1959, Danner acquired the franchise rights for Shoney's Big Boy and opened his first restaurant in Madison, Tenn.
It merged with Danner Foods of Nashville in 1971 to become Shoney's Big Boy Enterprises and became Shoney's Inc. five years later.
For years, the Nashville-based company was a darling of the restaurant industry and Wall Street, expanding rapidly and diversifying broadly.
At its peak, Shoney's was one of the largest restaurant chains in the world, operating 1,600 stores and producing annual sales that surpassed $800 million.
LOS ANGELES (AP) _ Edwin O. Guthman, a Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist who was on the infamous "enemies list" prepared by aides of President Richard Nixon and who served as press secretary to Robert F. Kennedy, has died. He was 89.
Guthman, who had the rare blood disease amyloidosis, died Sunday, a family spokesman said.
Guthman was the Los Angeles Times' national editor from 1965 to 1977, then served a decade as editorial page editor for the Philadelphia Inquirer.
He was awarded the Pulitzer Prize for national reporting in 1950 for his stories in The Seattle Times on the Washington Legislature's Un-American Activities Committee. His reporting cleared a University of Washington professor of allegations that he was a Communist supporter.
Guthman was press secretary for Attorney General and later Sen. Robert F. Kennedy from 1961 to '65. He wrote or edited four books about Kennedy.
In 1971, Guthman was the third name on a 20-name list of political opponents singled out for harassment in a memo sent from Nixon aide Charles Colson to aide John Dean.
LOS ANGELES (AP) _ Sheldon Keller, a writer who collaborated with Neil Simon, Woody Allen, Mel Brooks and Carl Reiner on the 1950s sketch comedy show "Caesar's Hour" and wrote variety shows for Frank Sinatra, Sophia Loren and other stars, has died. He was 85.
Keller died Monday of complications from Alzheimer's disease, his son Casey said.
A son of Polish immigrants, Keller moved from Chicago to New York in the early 1950s to pursue a career in comedy. He found success in 1955 when he joined the renowned writing staff that worked on Sid Caesar's television show, a spinoff of the popular program "Your Show of Shows."
Keller was the inspiration for the character Milton in the Broadway play "Laughter on the 23rd Floor," based on Simon's time working on the shows, his son said.
He also wrote variety shows for such stars as Sinatra, Loren, Dick Van Dyke, Danny Kaye and Dinah Shore. He won an Emmy for a show he wrote for Carol Channing.
Keller also had a successful career as a composer and songwriter and performed in a jazz band with actors George Segal and Conrad Janis.
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