Friday, February 21, 2014

Obituaries

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.
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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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