EarthLink president Garry Betty dies at 49


ATLANTA (AP) – Garry Betty, the president and chief executive of EarthLink Inc., died Tuesday. He was 49.

Betty died from complications of cancer, the Internet service provider said.

He joined EarthLink in 1996 and oversaw the company’s growth from a regional service provider with 500,000 subscribers to a national one with more than 5 million subscribers.

Betty took a medical leave of absence in November. He was diagnosed with adrenocortical cancer, a tumor that occurs in the adrenal glands above the kidneys.

Colleagues described Betty as an energetic man who often greeted people with the phrase “How we doin’?” He was a computer industry leader with Southern charm, credited with helping to develop personal computers and the Internet communications that connected them.

Before joining EarthLink, Betty served as CEO of Digital Communications Associates Inc.

He began his career at IBM Corp., and won the IBM President’s Excellence Award in 1982 for his work on the company’s personal computer.

Betty graduated from the Georgia Institute of Technology in 1979 with a bachelor’s degree in chemical engineering. He stayed involved with the school, and last year chaired the Georgia Tech Advisory Board, an influential panel that provides counsel to the university’s president.

Frank Campanella

LOS ANGELES (AP) – Frank Campanella, the hulking character actor who played tough guys in 100-plus films and television shows, died Saturday. He was 87.

The 6-foot-5-inch Campanella died at his San Fernando Valley home, his family said.

One of Frank Campanella’s most distinctive roles was his first – Mook the Moon Man on the TV series “Captain Video and His Video Rangers” in 1949. “Guardian of the Safety of the World”, private citizen-scientist Captain Video, was assisted by teenage helper The Ranger in fighting off the evil Dr. Pauli of the Astroidal Society and other bad guys, including Nargola, Mook, Kul and Clysmok.

His movie credits included “Dick Tracy,” “Pretty Woman,” “Beaches,” “Overboard” and “The Flamingo Kid.”

On television, he appeared on such shows as “The Fall Guy,” “Hardcastle and McCormick,” “St. Elsewhere,” “The Love Boat,” “Barnaby Jones,” “Maude,” “The Rockford Files,” “All in the Family,” “Kojak,” “Route 66” and “Quincy M.E.”

Born in New York on March 12, 1919, Campanella enrolled at Manhattan College as a drama major. During World War II he worked as a civilian interpreter, deciphering Italian and Sicilian dialects for the U.S. government.

Frank Campanella helped Robert De Niro with the Sicilian dialogue in “The Godfather Part II.”

MIDDLEBOROUGH, Mass. (AP) – Kathryn Gemme, a lifelong Red Sox fan who followed the team since the days of Babe Ruth, has died. She was 112.

Gemme died at the Nemasket Healthcare Center in Middleborough on Friday, according to the O’Neill Funeral Home.

As an 18-year-old, she attended her first game at Fenway Park in 1912 shortly after the ballpark opened. At 109, Gemme was greeted by catcher Jason Varitek and former player and coach Johnny Pesky during her last game in May 2004.

Team officials brought the 2004 World Series trophy to her 111th birthday party in November 2005.

Before the days of television, Gemme would listen to Red Sox games on the radio and take detailed notes that she would later read back to her husband, Ovella, when he returned home from work.

Gemme credited her long life and health to simple living.

Although her eyesight, hearing and mobility failed, she remained mentally sharp until the end, said Sharon Gosling, Nemasket’s activity director.

Born Kathryn Moreau in Chicopee in 1894, she graduated from Chicopee High School and attended a local secretarial school. During World War II she helped prepare parachutes for the Air Force.

Johnny Gibson

NEWTON, N.J. (AP) – Johnny Gibson, who in 1927 set the world record for 400-meter hurdles, has died. He was 101.

Gibson, who also coached Seton Hall’s track team from 1946 to 1972, died Friday after spending the past several years at a nursing home in Newton, one of his sons, John Gibson Jr., said Tuesday.

Gibson set the world record of 52.6 seconds for the 400-meter hurdles on July 2, 1927, at the national championships in Lincoln, Neb.

He worked days running messages on Wall Street, actually running from building to building, according to The New York Times, which interviewed Gibson several times in his later years. His training including hurdling park benches.

The next year, Gibson failed to qualify for the final of his event at the 1928 Olympics in Amsterdam.

At Seton Hall, he coached sprinter Andy Stanfield, who won two gold medals at the 1952 Olympics and a silver at the 1956 games.

Itche Goldberg

NEW YORK (AP) – Itche Goldberg, a writer and educator who for a century was a living link to the Yiddish culture of East European immigrants that gave America words like “chutzpah,” died Dec. 27. He was 102.

Goldberg died of cancer at his New York home, according to Itzik Gottesman, associate editor of the Yiddish Forward weekly newspaper.

Two years ago, when he turned 100, Goldberg edited the last issue of the literary journal Yidishe Kultur, which reflected his belief that Yiddish was key to the survival of the culture of East European Jews and their descendants.

Born Yitzhak Gutkind Goldberg in 1904 in Opatow, Poland, he moved with his family to Warsaw in 1914, then to Canada in 1920. In Toronto, he taught himself English.

He also taught Yiddish at the Workmen’s Circle School, run by a socialist organization that promoted workers’ rights. In the 1920s and ’30s, Goldberg embraced Soviet Communism, but downplayed its politics after the horrors under the Stalin regime came to light.

Goldberg intensified his passion for Yiddish, promoting it by writing poetry, music lyrics, children’s books and essays, as well as running Yiddish schools and summer camps. In the 1970s and 1980s he taught Yiddish at New York’s Queens College.

Goldberg was painfully aware of the decline of Yiddish from its heyday in the early 20th century, when 13 million Jews – or some 70 percent of Jews worldwide – spoke the lilting language that gave English words such as “schmuck,” used as a putdown for a detestable person.

Jim Karvellas

TAMPA, Fla. (AP) – Jim Karvellas, a longtime broadcaster of NBA games and the Cosmos soccer team, died at 71.

He died at his home on New Year’s Day of complications from prostate cancer, son Chris Karvellas said.

Karvellas was known for his call of “bull’s-eye” on a big basket and intoning “this is Cosmos soccer.” His voice became a staple of New York sports for two decades beginning in the 1970s.

Karvellas’ career began in 1962 as the voice of the Chicago Zephyrs, the city’s NBA franchise before the Bulls. The Zephyrs became the Baltimore Bullets in 1964 and Karvellas, the NBA’s youngest announcer, began a 16-year stint as the team’s voice.

During the 1980s and early 1990s, Karvellas branched into television, covering teams throughout the Northeast, including the Cosmos and the New York Knicks. He also did national NBA broadcasts for CBS and the USA cable network.

Karvellas broadcast the Cosmos until their demise in 1985. The North American Soccer League team was known for such international stars as Pele, Franz Beckenbauer and Carlos Alberto.

In 1969-70, he called both the Super Bowl and World Series when two Baltimore teams, the Colts and Orioles, made appearances.

Don Massengale

CONROE, Texas (AP) – Don Massengale, a two-time winner on the PGA Tour, died Tuesday. He was 69.

He died of a heart attack, the tour said.

Massengale played on the tour from 1960 to 1970, and had his best year in 1966. He won the Bing Crosby National Pro-Am at Pebble Beach by one shot over Arnold Palmer, and the Canadian Open, finishing a career-best 27th on the money list. A year later, he got into a playoff with Don January in the PGA Championship before losing at Columbine Country Club in Colorado.

Massengale won twice on the Champions Tour, and his last victory was in 1992 at the Royal Caribbean Classic.

George Sisler Jr.

COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) – George Sisler Jr., a former president of the International League and executive of three minor league baseball teams, has died. He was 89.

Sisler, the son of Hall of Famer George Sisler, had Alzheimer’s disease and died Sunday, daughter Nancy Sisler Schools said.

Sisler was general manager of the Columbus Red Birds, Rochester Red Wings and Columbus Clippers. He was president of the International League from 1966-76 and served as vice president after he retired from the Clippers in 1989.

While with the Clippers, the team won league championships in 1979, 1980, 1981 and 1987 and Western Division titles in 1979, 1980, 1981, 1983 and 1984. He was a four-time winner of the IL Executive of the Year.

His father, a first baseman, had a .340 average in 15 years in the majors, including .407 in 1920 and .420 in 1922, while playing for the St. Louis Browns, Washington Senators and Boston Braves. He was elected to the Hall of Fame in 1939 and managed the Browns for three seasons while he played for them.

George Sisler Jr.’s brothers Dick and Dave also played in the majors. Dick Sisler played eight seasons with St. Louis, Philadelphia and Cincinnati and managed the Reds in 1964-1965. Dave Sisler pitched seven seasons for Boston, Detroit, Washington and Cincinnati.

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