Member of U.S. hockey team that won a gold medal at 1980 Olympics
Bob Suter, 57, a member of the "Miracle On Ice" hockey team that won the Olympic gold medal in 1980 and the father of
Suter is the first to die among the players from the famed 1980 U.S. Olympic men's hockey team that upset the Soviet Union and beat Finland for the gold medal..
Suter did scouting work for the Wild and was a pillar of the youth hockey community and owned a sporting goods store in Madison.
Born in Madison in 1957, Suter helped the
He was a rugged defenseman for Team USA at the Lake Placid Olympics, playing in all seven games and helping the team to one of the greatest upsets in American sports history.
He was drafted by the
Austin 'Goose' Gonsoulin
Pro Bowl safety, member of
Austin "Goose" Gonsoulin, 76, a former Pro Bowl safety for the Denver Broncos and a member of the team's Ring of Fame, died Monday while in hospice care in Beaumont, Texas, according to the Levingston Funeral Home in nearby Groves, Texas. The cause of death was not specified, but Gonsoulin had prostate cancer.
A native of Port Arthur, Texas, Gonsoulin had a standout playing career at
Known as an "Original Bronco," Gonsoulin had 11 interceptions his rookie season, which remains a Broncos record. He led Denver in interceptions four times during his career and finished his Broncos career as the AFL's all-time leader in interceptions with 43.
Gonsoulin dished out plenty of bone-jarring hits and absorbed quite a few. He once said the toughest hit he ever received was when he tried to tackle Houston
He was choking on the field and yet no one could pry open his jaws. Just when trainers were ready to break his teeth to save him, teammate Bud McFadin rushed over and forced his mouth open enough to retrieve Gonsoulin's tongue. Two days later, Gonsoulin was back on the field.
He ended up with several lasting ailments from his playing days. His collarbone jutted out from an injury that didn't heal properly and his knees constantly ached. He also suffered numerous concussions.
"A lot of times you hit someone hard and you'd be dazed on sideline," said Gonsoulin, who operated a construction company after his football career. "They'd be like, 'What's your name? Where are you from?' You simply take some smelling salts and go back in.
"I really loved the game. I had so much fun playing."
Italian soprano known for Puccini roles made Met debut at age 65
Italian soprano Magda Olivero, 104, one of the most prominent interpreters of the Italian verismo operatic tradition whose career spanned 50 years, died Monday in a Milan hospital, where she was admitted after a stroke last month, according to the ANSA news agency.
The Milan opera house La Scala, where Olivero debuted in 1938, honored her memory with a moment of silence before a performance Monday. La Scala described Olivero's voice as charismatic, her acting as formidable and her intelligence as "ready and cutting until the end."
Born in 1910 in Saluzzo, a small town in northeast Italy, Olivero had her theatre debut in 1933 in Turin.
An established artist by the second half of the 1930s, Olivero intended to retire after her 1941 marriage to Italo-German industrialist Also Busch. But she returned to the stage in 1958 in the title role of "Adriana Lecouvreur" at the urging of the opera's composer Francesco Cilea. It became one of her most memorable roles.
Known also as a Puccini specialist, Olivero debuted at New York's Metropolitan Opera in 1975 at the age of 65 as Tosca. Her last stage appearance was in 1981, but Olivero continued to make recordings and sing in public until a few years ago. In 2009, her voice still sparkled as she sang the aria "Paolo, datemi pace" from the opera "Francesca da Rimini" at an event in Milan.
John D. Kendall
Times reporter contributed to Pulitzer-winning coverage of Watts riots
John D. Kendall, 86, a news reporter who covered the Watts riots, the
Kendall joined the Times in 1964 and initially worked as a news editor and assistant city editor before becoming a general assignment reporter. Among his assignments were the trials of Charles Manson and his followers charged with the gruesome 1969 murders of actress Sharon Tate and six others. In "Helter Skelter," the best-selling nonfiction retelling of the murders, investigation and legal proceedings, co-authors Vincent Bugliosi and Curt Gentry praised Kendall along with Herald Examiner reporter Bill Farr for their accurate accounts of the sensational trials, writing that they "did an excellent job, often catching little nuances even the attorneys missed."
Kendall became The Times' Riverside-San Bernardino bureau chief in 1978 and retired in 1991. He received several Times editorial awards for his writing and was among the Metro staff members honored with a collective
He was born June 20, 1928, in Craig County, Oklahoma, and graduated from USC with a journalism degree in 1951. He worked at the Los Angeles Examiner, Alhambra Post-Advocate, Stars and Stripes, the San Gabriel Valley Daily Tribune and United Press International before arriving at The Times.
Noel Hinners, 78, a former chief scientist for NASA who helped plan the scientific exploration of the moon for the
Hinners began his space career in 1963 by helping plan the lunar exploration while working for Bellcom Inc. He worked on the Apollo program until 1972, when he became the space agency's director of lunar programs.
Hinners served as director of the National Air and Space Museum in Washington, D.C., from 1979 to 1982 before becoming director of NASA's Goddard Space Flight Center in Greenbelt, Md. He retired from NASA as its third-ranking executive in 1989.
Born in Brooklyn, N.Y., on Christmas Day, 1935, Hinners received his bachelor's degree from
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