Sunday, June 15, 2014


After a long and unseemly guardianship battle among his family, radio broadcaster Casey Kasem, 82, finally succumbed to Parkinson's or Lewy body disease although a cause of death was not given.

Kasem was born Kemal Amin Kasem in 1932 in Detroit. He began his broadcasting career in the radio club at Detroit's Northwestern High School and was soon a disc jockey on WJBK radio in Detroit, initially calling himself Kemal Kasem.

In a 1997 visit with high school students in Dearborn, Mich., home to a large Arab-American community, he was asked why he changed his name to Casey.

"It didn't sound like a deejay; it wasn't hip. So we decided I'd be `Casey at the Mike' -- and I have been since," Kasem said.

Former Pittsburgh Steelers coach Chuck Noll, 82, died of natural causes.

He was coach when the Steelers won four Super Bowls, the only coach in history to accomplish that feat:

Noll transformed the Steelers from a long-standing joke into one of the NFL's pre-eminent powers, becoming the only coach to win four Super Bowls. He was a demanding figure who did not make close friends with his players, yet was a successful and motivating leader.

The Steelers won the four Super Bowls over six seasons (1974, 1975, 1978 and 1979), an unprecedented run that made Pittsburgh one of the NFL's marquee franchises, one that breathed life into a struggling, blue-collar city.

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