Composer's career was helped by
John Cacavas, 83, a composer, arranger and conductor who parlayed his friendship with actor Telly Savalas into a prolific career scoring music for film and television, including a theme to "Kojak," died Jan. 28 at his home in Beverly Hills, his family announced. He had been in declining health.
While working in London in the early 1970s, Cacavas met Savalas. He agreed to produce an album for the actor, who promised to help the composer get into the film business. Cacavas was hired to write music for Savalas' 1972 movies "Horror Express" and "Pancho Villa."
The next year Cacavas began writing for "Kojak," Savalas' hit TV police drama, and composed a new theme for the 1977 season. His dozens of other TV music credits include scores for
Cacavas was born Aug. 13, 1930, in Aberdeen, S.D., where his family owned a restaurant. He began playing music as a child and went on to earn a bachelor's degree in music composition and theory from
He collaborated with future TV and radio commentator
Wife of vice president was cultural arts advocate
Joan Mondale, 83, who built a reputation as a national cultural arts advocate while her husband was vice president, died Monday, her family said in a statement released by their Minneapolis church. She had been in hospice care, but no cause was disclosed.
So passionate about the arts that she was nicknamed "Joan of Art," Mondale was an avid potter when her husband, Walter, then a Democratic U.S. senator from Minnesota, was elected
Carter named Joan Mondale honorary chairwoman of the Federal Council on the Arts and Humanities. She traveled frequently to museums, theaters and artists' studios on the administration's behalf, and she lobbied
She would later take her cultural zeal overseas when her husband was named U.S. ambassador to Japan during President Clinton's administration. She relished the chance to study Japanese art and give dignitaries clay pots she made as gifts.
She was born Joan Adams in Eugene, Ore., on Aug. 8, 1930. Along with her two sisters, she moved several times during childhood as their father, a Presbyterian minister, took new assignments. The family finally settled in St. Paul, Minn., where Joan earned an undergraduate degree at Macalester College.
It was the same liberal arts school that
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