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Irwin Spencer Bickson, who opened the first Budget Rent a Car franchise in

April 3, 1995

HONOLULU (AP) _ Irwin Spencer Bickson, who opened the first Budget Rent a Car franchise in his native Chicago, died Saturday of cancer. He was 81.

Bickson opened the car rental operation in a small garage in downtown Chicago in 1959. Today, Budget Rent a Car is a global concern, with more than 3,200 locations in all 50 states and 115 countries.

Bickson sold the franchise in 1961 when he moved and established Budget Rent a Car-Hawaii.

Bickson sold out to parent company Budget Rent a Car Corp. in the early 1970s, but remained on as managing director in Hawaii.

In 1985, Bickson was named managing director of Budget International, traveling throughout the world teaching marketing and sales techniques. He held the post until his death.

Stanley A. Cain

SANTA CRUZ, Calif. (AP) _ Stanley A. Cain, assistant secretary of the Interior during the Johnson administration, died Saturday of pneumonia. He was 92.

A pioneer in botanical research, Cain used his position as president of the Ecological Society of America to help make conservation a national concern.

He also helped design the picturesque University of California at Santa Cruz campus, which is located amid a redwood forest off a rugged stretch of Northern California coastline. Under Cain’s order, no redwood could be cut for the university’s construction without administration approval.

Cain, who received a doctorate in botany from the University of Chicago, taught at Butler University, Indiana University and the University of Tennessee before joining the faculty at the University of Michigan in 1950. He remained at Michigan until 1972, founding the university’s Department of Conservation.

Frank X. Cuellar Sr.

DALLAS (AP) _ Frank X. Cuellar Sr., who helped turn a tamale stand at a county fair into the El Chico restaurant chain with 98 restaurants in nine states, died Sunday after suffering a cerebral hemorrhage on March 28. He was 91.

Along with his brothers _ Gilbert, Mack Jr., Alfred and Willie Jack _ Frank Cuellar Sr. opened Dallas’ first El Chico after the family moved to the city in 1940.

Cuellar served as chairman of the board of El Chico Corp. from 1957 to 1978. He stayed on as El Chico’s chairman for a year after the chain was sold in 1977. He then started a real estate holding company, Frank Cuellar and Sons Inc., which he ran until his death.

Bishop Louis Henry Ford

CHICAGO (AP) _ Bishop Louis Henry Ford, leader of the 8.5-million-member Church of God in Christ, died Friday at age 81.

Ford began preaching around Lexington, Miss., while attending college there in the early 1930s. He moved to Chicago in 1933 and preached on the street until founding St. Paul’s Church of God in Christ in 1935.

He became bishop of Illinois for the Church of God in Christ in 1954 and was elected presiding bishop and chief executive of the Tennessee-based Protestant denomination in 1990.

Irma Hadzimuratovic

LONDON (AP) _ Irma Hadzimuratovic, a Bosnian girl whose paralyzing shrapnel injury helped put a human face on the brutal war raging in her homeland, died Saturday of a blood infection. She was 7.

Irma was 5 when she was hit by shrapnel from Serb shelling on July 30, 1993, that killed her mother. The shrapnel, which pierced her spine and abdomen, left her paralyzed from the neck down.

She was brought to Britain on Aug. 9, 1993, after her Sarajevo doctor, frustrated by what he called excessive United Nations red tape, turned to the media, which showed pictures of the suffering child to the world.

Her plight stirred international sympathy and Western governments launched ``Operation Irma,″ flying hundreds of Bosnia’s war wounded out for treatment.

Irma, who was accompanied to London by her father, Ramiz, and younger sister, Medina, learned English at the hospital school and made several visits to the countryside in a specially adapted wheelchair.

Dorothy Handford

ST. PAUL, Minn. (AP) _ Dorothy Handford, whose homemade baking inspired broadcaster Garrison Keillor to create the mythical ``Chatterbox Cafe,″ died Thursday of cancer. She was 71.

Handford, a longtime employee of Minnesota Public Radio, was talking with Keillor, the host of ``A Prairie Home Companion,″ in 1982 when he sampled one of her homemade rolls.

Keillor went back on the air and told listeners he was enjoying a cinnamon roll at Dorothy’s Chatterbox Cafe. The eatery went on to become a regular feature when Keillor talked about his mythical hometown of Lake Wobegon.

Handford joined Minnesota Public Radio in 1976 as an advertising sales representative. Most recently, she had worked on the ``Pipedreams″ organ music program.

Harvey Penick

AUSTIN, Texas (AP) _ Harvey Penick, a champion golf instructor whose books also shared his knowledge of the game, died Sunday after a lengthy illness. He was 90.

Penick, who was head golf pro at Austin Country Club for 48 years, taught the secrets of the green to greats such as Ben Crenshaw, Tom Kite, Kathy Whitworth, Mickey Wright and Betsy Rawls.

He also coached the University of Texas golf team from 1931-63.

Penick went from golf pro to author in 1992 with the book ``Harvey Penick’s Little Red Book,″ which has sold more than a million copies, making it the best-selling sports book of all time.

His other books include ``And If You Play Golf, You’re My Friend,″ and ``For All Who Love the Game.″

Dame Lucie Rie

LONDON (AP) _ Dame Lucie Rie, one of the most admired modern potters, died Saturday. She was 93.

An exhibition of Rie pottery and the work of Hans Coper, her collaborator who died in 1981, opened at New York’s Metropolitan Museum of Art in February.

She was made a dame, the female equivalent of a knight, in 1991.

Austrian-native Rie, studied at Wiener Werkstatte, Vienna’s avant-garde arts and crafts studio. In 1938, with Nazism on the rise, she moved to London where she later met Coper, a German refugee, who joined Rie’s studio in 1946. To get by, they crafted ceramic buttons which are now highly prized items.

Public appreciation for her work grew steadily, and one of her vases once sold for as much as $22,000.

A small woman who would tie weights to her feet so she wouldn’t fall into her kiln while working alone, Rie worked in such vivid colors as brilliantly glazed magenta, peacock blue and gold.

Paul Rothchild

LOS ANGELES (AP) _ Paul Rothchild, who produced albums for such stars as Bonnie Raitt, the Doors and Janis Joplin, died Thursday of lung cancer. He was 59.

Rothchild, who helped produce the first six Doors albums, also produced the soundtrack for ``The Doors,″ the 1991 Oliver Stone movie about the group. He also appeared in the film as the band manager’s sidekick.

Other groups Rothchild worked with were the Paul Butterfield Blues Band and the 1960s rock group Love.

Gerald T. Shackelford

FORT WAYNE, Ind. (AP) _ Gerald T. Shackelford, a reporter for The Journal Gazette newspaper for three decades, died Saturday of a heart attack. He was 60.

The Fort Wayne native joined the newspaper in 1964 as a police reporter. He took over the courthouse beat in 1972 and held it for more than 20 years, winning praise from judges, lawyers and prosecutors for the fairness and accuracy of his reporting.

Before joining The Journal Gazette, Shackelford worked for newspapers in Indianapolis; Anderson; Muncie; Olympia, Wash.; and Toledo, Ohio.

He is survived by his wife, Jill; a son, John; a stepson, Kevin Teague; and a sister, Mary Jane Kaiser.

Carl Story

GREER, S.C. (AP) _ Carl Story, who was known as the father of bluegrass gospel music, died Friday. He was 78 and had suffered from heart trouble.

Story formed the band ``The Ramblin’ Mountaineers″ in 1934, and the group got its start performing on radio station WHKY in Hickory, N.C.

He went on to record more than 65 gospel albums, most of them on the Starday label.

As bluegrass became increasingly popular in the 1950s and ’60s, Story’s merging of its traditional rural sound with church music won him a wide following and a reputation as a pioneer.

He and his band specialized in a hard-core mountain style of bluegrass gospel singing. Among their best known songs was ``Light At The River.″

Raymond Syufy

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) _ Raymond Syufy, owner of the Century Theatres chain, died Friday of complications from lymphoma. He was 76.

Syufy, who was raised in the San Francisco Bay area, opened his first theater in Vallejo when he was 23. Century, which is still family-owned, now has 425 screens in five states.

The graduate of St. Mary’s College in Moraga was both a regent and trustee of his alma mater.

Jerald Jackson Taylor

MESA, Ariz. (AP) _ Jerald Jackson ``Jack″ Taylor, a former Mesa mayor and 16-year member of the state Legislature, died Friday. He was 87.

A former principal and schoolteacher, Taylor served eight years on the governing board of the Mesa Unified School District.

He was mayor of Mesa from 1966 until joining the state House of Representatives in 1972. Two years later, he was elected to the state Senate, where he became chairman of the Appropriations Committee.

He lost his last re-election bid, in 1988, to a former campaign manager, Lester Pearce. He had angered fellow Republicans earlier that year when he voted to convict impeached Gov. Evan Mecham.

After losing the Republican primary to Pearce, Taylor collected signatures to run as an independent candidate for a House seat but dropped out of the race after his wife became ill.

Jack M. Warner

LOS ANGELES (AP) _ Jack M. Warner, son of the legendary Warner Bros. studio co-founder Jack L. Warner, died of cancer Saturday. He was 79.

Warner was an executive producer and director at Warner Bros., but his father fired him in 1958 after they had a falling-out over the elder man’s second marriage.

Warner later wrote a novel, ``Bijou Dream,″ based loosely on his relationship with his father, who died in 1978.

The younger Warner worked in the short subject department at Warner Bros. before serving in the Army during World War II, where he helped produce training films. He joined the Warner Bros. distribution company in 1947.

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