Friday, February 21, 2014


Former broadcast journalist Garrick Utley, 74, has died of cancer. He was recognizable to many because of his height. He was 6-foot-6.

He worked for NBC News and later for CNN. He retired in 2002 and worked as a college professor teaching journalism at the State University of New York, Oswego.

Musician Bob Casale died of heart failure earlier this week at the age of 61. He was an original band member of the New Wave group Devo:

He was known by fans as "Bob 2" since he played alongside guitarist Bob Mothersbaugh, the brother of Devo co-founder Mark Mothersbaugh.

"As an original member of Devo, Bob Casale was there in the trenches with me from the beginning," his brother Gerald Casale said in a Facebook posting. "He was my level-headed brother, a solid performer and talented audio engineer, always giving more than he got."

The new-wave band began after Gerald Casale and Mark Mothersbaugh met as art students at Kent State University. The group wrote its first music in May 1970 -- the same month National Guard troops fired on antiwar protesters on the Kent State campus, killing four students.

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