Star forward with Minneapolis
Vern Mikkelsen, 85, a Hall of Fame basketball player who won four
The 6-foot, 7-inch, 230-pound Mikkelsen was a six-time All-Star during 10 seasons with the Lakers. Though known for his hard-nosed defense, he averaged 14.4 points and 9.4 rebounds in his career and emerged as one of the first true power forwards in the league. He was inducted into the Naismith Basketball Hall of Fame in 1995.
The Lakers drafted Mikkelsen in 1949. Playing alongside George Mikan and
When the Lakers moved to Los Angeles before the 1961 season, the owners asked Mikkelsen, who had started an insurance business, to come out of retirement and move west.
"I didn't think they would get to Sioux Falls, much less L.A.," Mikkelsen told The Times in 2002.
Arild Verner Agerskov Mikkelsen was born Oct. 21, 1928, in Fresno. His father was a Danish minister in the Lutheran Church who moved the family to Askov, Minn., when Vern was in seventh grade. Mikkelsen became a standout center at Hamline University in St. Paul during its basketball glory days in the 1940s, helping it win the NAIA championship in 1949.
After his playing career ended, Mikkelsen was the coach and general manager of the ABA's Minnesota Pipers in 1968-69.
General manager at San Diego's KSWB-TV
Ray Schonbak, 70, a veteran broadcasting executive who had been vice president and general manager of
At KSWB-TV Channel 5/69, Schonbak oversaw the station's transition from the
Raymond J. Schonbak was born Jan. 29, 1943, in Pittsburgh. After serving in the Army during the
He began his career as an account executive at a TV station in Portland, Maine, then went on to work in sales at TV stations in Denver and Albany, N.Y. He became general manager of WTCN-TV, the
He held executive positions at Triad Communications, Benedek Broadcasting, Koplar Communications and
Schonbak is survived by his wife, Deborah.
TV personality, author claimed psychic powers
Sylvia Browne, 77, an author and television personality who claimed to have psychic abilities, died Wednesday at Good Samaritan Hospital in San Jose, hospital officials confirmed, without specifying the cause.
Browne said she believed in reincarnation and could help people communicate with their dead loved ones as well as see the future. She was a regular on
Browne was criticized in 2004 after telling the mother of Ohio kidnapping victim
A native of Kansas City, Mo., Browne was the author of dozens of books.
-- Los Angeles Times staff and wire reports