NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — Jimmy Bedford, the slender and silver-haired former master distiller of the Jack Daniel's whiskey during a 40-year career with the company, died Friday. He was 69.
His body was found outside a barn at his farm in Lynchburg, apparently the victim of a heart attack, company officials said.
Bedford retired in March 2008 after spending 20 years as the master distiller supervising the entire operation at the 143-year-old distillery in Lynchburg, the oldest registered one in the United States. Among his duties was tasting the whiskey before it was sent to retailers.
Bedford traveled the world as the promotional face behind the product. He appeared in one advertising photo standing behind a Jack Daniel's bottle with his arms folded.
Jack Daniel's is available in 135 countries with 9.5 million cases sold annually. The distillery is tucked away on a hilly, 1,700-acre plot in rural Tennessee 65 miles south of Nashville. The whiskey's black and white print ads for years have celebrated the rural lifestyle of the area.
Bedford started at the distillery in 1968 and worked in the yeasting, fermenting, milling and distillation areas. He became master distiller in 1988.
As master distiller, he was an ambassador for the product, traveling often to talk to consumers, distributors, retailers and others. He also signed some bottles and storage barrels, and hosted tasting seminars.
NEW YORK (AP) — Willy DeVille, who founded the punk group Mink DeVille and was known for his blend of R&B, blues, Dixieland and traditional French Cajun ballads, died Thursday. He was 58.
Mink DeVille, for which DeVille was the principal songwriter, was billed as one of the most original groups on the New York punk scene after an appearance at the legendary CBGB club in Greenwich Village in the 1970s.
In 1977, the band recorded "Cabretta," a rock and roll/rhythm and blues album with renowned producer Jack Nitzsche. Its featured song, "Spanish Stroll," was a Top 20 hit in Britain. It was followed by the album "Return to Magenta."
Better known in Europe than in the United States, DeVille went solo in 1980 with "Le Chat Bleu." Recorded in Paris and influenced by his admiration for siren Edith Piaf, the album featured "This Must Be the Night" and "Just to Walk That Little Girl Home."
His "Storybook Love," featured in the 1987 movie "The Princess Bride," was nominated for an Academy Award.
NEW YORK (AP) — Dick Holub, a member of LIU's 1941 NIT championship team and a longtime coach at Fairleigh Dickinson, died July 27. He was 87.
Holub died in Sun City West, Ariz., according to Long Island University.
The 6-foot-7 Holub, one of LIU's first quality big men, helped the Blackbirds to a 25-2 record and the NIT title in 1940-41. He led the team in scoring the next season and then served in the Air Force in the South Pacific in World War II. He returned to LIU in 1946-47 and led the team in scoring with a then-record 397 points.
Holub was the first men's basketball coach at FDU and had a 233-167 record there from 1949-66.
Holub, who held a Doctorate of Education from Columbia, was a longtime professor of English at FDU. In 1981, he accepted a position at the University of Connecticut as academic adviser to the athletics department.
HAGERSTOWN, Md. (AP) — Wallace L. Pannier, a germ warfare scientist whose top-secret projects included a mock attack on the New York subway with powdered bacteria in 1966, died Thursday. He was 81.
He died in Frederick of respiratory failure and other natural causes, his widow said.
Pannier worked at Fort Detrick, an Army installation in Frederick that tested biological weapons during the Cold War and is now a center for biodefense research. He worked in the Special Operations Division, a secretive unit operating there from 1949 to 1969, according to family members and published reports.
The SO unit developed and tested delivery systems for deadly agents such as anthrax and smallpox.
Pannier told The (Baltimore) Sun in 2004 that team members staged their mock attack on the New York subway in 1966 by shattering light bulbs packed with powdered bacteria on the tracks. They tracked the germs with air samplers disguised as suitcases.
The SO unit's existence wasn't publicly divulged until 1975. Pannier's wife of 61 years, Betty, said she and their two children knew nothing about the nature of his work before then.
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