Longtime comedy writer featured in documentary
Ben Starr, 92, a veteran comedy writer who was featured in the 2012 documentary "Lunch" chronicling the twice-monthly meetings of show business funnymen, died of congestive heart failure Sunday at his home in Los Angeles, according to his daughter Carol Starr Schneider.
In a lengthy television career, Starr co-created the 1980s sitcom "Silver Spoons," helped develop "The Facts of Life" and was a regular screenwriter for the popular series "Mister Ed," "All in the Family" and "Diff'rent Strokes." He also wrote for such comedy favorites as "
For film, he co-wrote the screenplay for the 1966 James Bond spoof "Our Man Flint," starring James Coburn.
In "Lunch," Starr joined Sid Caesar, Carl Reiner and other longtime comedy writers and performers reminiscing and critiquing their trade.
Born Oct. 18, 1921, in
New York congressman headed House probe of
Former New York Democratic Rep. Otis Pike, 92, who led a mid-1970s House investigation into CIA activities, died Monday at a Vero Beach, Fla., hospice after a long illness, said his daughter, Lois Pike Eyre.
In 1975 and 1976, Pike chaired the House Select Committee on Intelligence, which investigated questionable CIA activities. The agency considered the inquiries by the Pike Committee and its counterpart in the Senate as a dramatic shift in
Pike also served as a member of the
Pike went on to write a syndicated column for Newhouse Newspapers for 20 years.
Pike was born Aug. 31, 1921, in Riverhead, N.Y. He served in the Marines as a pilot in the Pacific during World War II, graduated from
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