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10 CHICAGO TRIBUNE Ô METRO Ô SECTION2 Ô WEDNESDAY,AUGUST6,2008 BERGMANN, HERMAN H. Herman H. Bergmann, beloved husband of Evelyn; dearest father of Dawn (Steve) Loiacono, Brian (Natalie) Bergmann; loving grandfather of Eric and Amelia Bergmann, Matthew Loiacono and Stephanie (Brian) Nail. Funeral Services at the Adolf Funeral Home and Cremation Services, 2921S. Harlem Ave., Berwyn on Friday August 8 at 10:30 a.m. Visitation Thursday 3 to 8 p.m. Interment Concordia Cemetery. Info: 708-484-4111 Sign Guestbook at BENDER, CORINNE MARIE Corinne Marie Bender, nee Riedy , age 98, beloved wife of the late Carl; loving mother of Gloria Strandlund, Marlene (Kenneth) Ralston and Robert (Louise) Bender; fond grandmother of Doug (Lori) Ralston, Kris (Michael) Land, Robyn (William) Rohrer, John (Jean) and Paul Bender; 12 great- grandchildren and numerous nephews and nieces. Preceded by her parents, Edward and Hattie Riedy; sisters, Cleo Mae Drendel and Edna Kohley; and a brother, Riley Riedy. Mass of Christian Burial Saturday, 9:30 a.m. at SS. Peter and Paul Church, 26 N. Ellsworth St., Naperville. Interment SS. Peter and Paul Cemetery. Visitation 4 to 8 p.m. Friday at The Friedrich-Jones Funeral Home , 44 S. Mill St., Naperville. In lieu of flowers, memorials to Holy Angels Church, 180 S. Russell Ave., Aurora, IL 60506 or Marmion Military Academy, 1000 Butterfield Rd., Aurora, IL 60506. Info, 630-355-0213. Sign Guestbook at ANDRES, BETTY M. Betty M. Andres, nee Tyler , age 83. Passed away Tuesday, August 5, 2008 late of Plainfield, formerly of Indian Head Park. Loving mother of Mark (Veronica) Andres, Mary (Robert) Juckniess and Glenn (Katie) Andres; cherished grandmother of Amy (Anthony) Carlstrom, Mark (Beth) Andres and Michael Andres; great grandmother of Olivia, Ava, Leo and Clare; preceded in death by her husband Edward C. Andres, also her mother Marie Morrow. Visitation Thursday 3 to 9 p.m. at the Anderson Memorial Chapel , 606 Townhall Dr. in Romeoville. Funeral Friday, August 8, 2008 9:30 a.m. from the funeral home chapel to St. Andrew Catholic Church for a 10 a.m. Mass of Christian Burial. Interment to follow, Queen of Heaven Cemetery, in Hillside. 815-886-2323 Sign Guestbook at ABRAHAMS, MARGARET Margaret "Maggi" Seltzer Abrahams, died July 23, 2008 in Sandpoint, ID after a long and challenging struggle with breast cancer. Maggi was formerly of Glenview / Northbrook for 24 years. Loving mother of Erin Abrahams and Beth (Joshua) Wechsler. Memorial Service 2:30 p.m. Thursday at Shalom Memorial Park, 1700 W. Rand Road, Arlington Heights. Donations in Maggi’s name may be made to AlterMed Research Fund. For info, call Beth Wechsler 773-241-4430. Sign Guestbook at Death Notices Attention Funeral Directors: The deadlines for placement, changes or cancellations of paid death notices are: Death notices placed via phone: Monday - Friday: 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday and Sunday: 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Death notices placed via fax: Monday - Friday: 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Saturday and Sunday: 10:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. Death notices placed via e-mail: Monday - Friday: 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Saturday and Sunday: 10 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. To place a paid death notice please call: 312-222-2222 Fax: 312-222-4014 e-mail: Charity/Announcements CHAPULIS, MARY VILMA Mary Vilma Chapulis, nee Cecich . Dearly beloved wife of the late Charles (Chuck) Chapulis; devoted mother of Daniel (Cathy), Mark (Bridget) and the late Charles A. Chapulis; dear grandmother of Bradley (Paula), Craig (Claudia) and Christopher Chapulis; proud great-grandmother of Gabrielle, Connor, Ethan, Violet and Casey; loving sister of the late John (Helen) Cecich; late Joseph (late Marion) Cesich, the late Theresa (Richard) Novak, the late Dorothy (late Andrew) Nemsick, the late Violet (late Steve) Pacela; and the late William (Dorothy Mae) Cecich; dearest sister-in-law of the late Genevieve (late Albert) Sabas; fond aunt of many nieces and nephews. Past President of Nativity Our Lord. Alter and Rosary Society and long time member of Nativity Seniors. Funeral Friday, 9 a.m. from McKeon Funeral Home , 634 W. 37th St. (at Lowe Ave.), to Nativity of Our Lord Church for Mass at 9:30 a.m. Interment St. Mary Cemetery. Visitation Thursday, 3 to 9 p.m. For info, call 773-927-0925. Sign Guestbook at BROCKHOUSE, MARIANNE D. Marianne D. Brockhouse, age 61, beloved wife of Donald Homolka. Member of American Mensa and also well known in the doll collection world. Memorial service Saturday, 11:30 a.m. at Malec & Sons Funeral Home, 6000 N. Milwaukee Ave. Memorial visitation Friday, 4 to 9 p.m. Interment private. 773-774-4100. Sign Guestbook at BLASS, RONALD LEON Ronald Leon Blass, 73, of Ty Ty, GA, formerly of Hanover Park, IL, died Aug. 2, 2008, at his residence. Funeral services will be held at 11a.m., Thursday, Aug. 7, 2008, in the chapel of Albritton-Beaumont Funeral Directors , Tifton, GA, with burial following in First Baptist Church of Ty Ty, GA, Cemetery. Among Mr. Blass’s survivors are his wife, Linda Frazier Blass; one brother, Dr. Richard Blass of Elmhurst, IL; two daughters, Valerie (Jack) Pasternock of Schaumburg, IL and Teri (Pat) McNamara of Ingleside, IL; as well as four grandchildren. You may sign the registry at www. Sign Guestbook at BIESCHKE, KENNETH ROBERT Kenneth "Ken" Robert Bieschke, 47, of St. Charles, IL died at home on Sunday, August 3, 2008 after an 18-month battle with brain cancer. Visitation will be from 4 to 9 p.m. Wednesday, August 6, at Yurs Funer- alHome , 405 E Main St., St Charles. A funeral Mass will be held at 10:00 a.m., Thursday, August 7, at Resurrection Catholic Church, 30 W. 350 Army Trail Rd., Wayne. Loving husband to Barb; devoted father to Caren and Tyler; survived by his siblings, Kathy Bieschke Gregory, LeAnn Chuboff, and Tom Bieschke; preceded in death by his parents, Ken and Elaine Bieschke. He coached youth sports, and loved spending time with his children, playing games, fishing, and reading. He was a die-hard Cubs and Bears fan, which perhaps explains his often expressed philosophy for dealing with sports, life, or a brain tumor: "It is what it is." Ken worked in the tile industry for most of his professional life, most recently at Virginia Tile. In lieu of flowers, memorials will be appreciated for the Ken Bieschke Memorial Fund. Sign Guestbook at DiANDREA, DIANE LOUISE Diane Louise DiAndrea, born March 24, 1947, passed away July 28, 2008 after a lengthy battle with breast cancer. A 60’s Civil and Women’s Rights activist, antiwar activist, amateur car racing award winner, poet, lover of travel, and lifelong antiques dealer and collector...oh, and she had rhythm. She is preceded in death by her parents, Michael and Louise DiAndrea of Oak Park. Adored and admired by friends and family, Diane is survived by her loving husband, Daniel Steinke; her brother, Frank DiAndrea; her dear cat, Bay; and her many lovingly collected pieces. A Memorial Service will be held in her honor on Friday, Aug. 8, 2008 at 5:30 p.m. It will be held at The John B. Murphy Auditorium, 50 East Erie Street, Chicago. In lieu of flowers, a fund is being set up in Diane’s honor. You can contact Daniel Steinke for information. Arrangements by Frank Reda & Son . For info, 773-889-1700. Sign Guestbook at DEE, W. JEROME W. Jerome Dee, 91, of Lake Forest, died Aug. 3, 2008, husband of the late Mary W. Dee (1999); father of Stephanie (Thomas) Healy, W. Stephen (Kori) Dee, Christopher (Maun) Dee, Hannah Dee (Kevin) Murnighan and W. Jerome "Jerry" Dee; grandfather of Kevin, Mary Nugent, Thomas and Daniel Healy, Stephen, Heather Frankovich and Meghan Dee, Jeremy, Eliza Alvarez, Laura Rusch, Christopher and Susannah Dee, Conner and Matthew Murnighan; great-grandfather of 13. In lieu of flowers, contributions may be made to Epilepsy Foundation of Greater Chicago, 17 N State St., #1300, Chicago, IL 60602 or to Catholic Charities, 721 N. LaSalle, Chicago, IL 60610. Visitation 5 to 8 p.m. Thursday at Wenban Funeral Home , 320 E. Vine Ave., Lake Forest, IL. Funeral Mass 10 a.m. Friday, Aug. 8, 2008 at the Church of St. Mary, 175 E. Illinois Rd., Lake Forest, IL. Interment will be private at All Saints Cemetery, Des Plaines. Info, 847- 234-0022 or Sign Guestbook at CRUZ, LOLINE LUNA Loline Luna Cruz, beloved wife of Alex Cruz; loving mother of Chrissy (Ryan) Sampan and Michelle Cruz; dear sister of Josephine (Jim) Rabino, Myrna (Rene) Delera, Gilbert (Glady) Luna, Neslyn (Guido) Torres, Edwin (Chit) Luna, Rowen (Juliet) Luna, Wella (Laudel) Mangurali and Debbie (Aldrin) Mangurali; fond aunt of Jen, JM, JL, Danielle, Renee, Ryan, Glizyl, Gail, Joy, Kriza, Jed, Charlene, Richard, Jeremy, Jeroen, Brittney, Mark, RJ, Allison and Hazel. Funeral Saturday, 9:30 a.m., from Smith-Corcoran Funeral Home, 6150 N. Cicero Avenue, to Queen of All Saints Basilica for Mass at 10 a.m. Interment Maryhill Cemetery. Visitation Thursday and Friday 3 to 9 p.m. 773-736-3833 or Sign Guestbook at DYE, EILEEN SULLIVAN Eileen Sullivan Dye, beloved wife of Jerry Dye; loving sister of Colleen Donovan, Daneen (Ray) Bellazzini and Maureen (Tom) Bozek; dear aunt of many nieces and nephews. Memorial Service Saturday, Aug. 9, 12 noon at Adams-Winterfield & Sullivan Funeral Home , 4343 Main St. (1blk. So. of Ogden Ave.), Downers Grove. Interment private. 630-968-1000 or Sign Guestbook at DRAKOPOULOS, DENISE Denise Drakopoulos, nee Sacketos , of Streamwood, beloved wife of Dimitrios; loving mother of Andrew, Petro George and Konstandino; dear sister of Tony (Toby), Maria (Gus) Pallas, Margarita Sacketos, Dimitri (Tasia) and Ioanna (Andrew) Fotopoulos; cherished daughter of the late George and Helen Sacketos. Visitation Thursday 4 to 8 p.m., with Trisagion Prayer at 6 p.m., at the Countryside Funeral Home, 950 South Bartlett Rd. (at Stearns Rd.), Bartlett. Funeral Services Friday, 10 a.m. at St. Sophia Greek Orthodox Church, 525 Church Rd., Elgin, IL, 60123, 847-888-2822. Interment River Valley Memorial Gardens. In lieu of flowers, donations to St. Sophia Church would be appreciated. 630-289-7575. Sign Guestbook at DIMITRAKAKIS, ELIAS Elias "Louie" Dimitrakakis, age 69, beloved husband of Georgia, nee Papahronis; loving father of Debbie Dimitrakakis (Patrick) White, Peggy Dimitrakakis and Nancy (David) Metz; devoted son of the late George and Pipina Dimitrakakis; proud grandfather of Nicolette, Mitchell and Callista White, Tony and Nicholas Metz; dear brother of Georgia (Chuck) Crits, Dino and Kiki (Dino) Moujouros; son-in-law of the late Athanasios and Panagiota Papahronis; brother-in-law of Penelope (the late Theofilos) Geivelis, Dino and John (Gail) Papahronis; fond uncle and cousin of many. Louie was the former owner of the Big Top Restaurant, Chicago, IL; Lake Mary Resort, Twin Lakes, WI; Louie D’s, Milwaukee, WI; and presently owned Nikos Gyros in Chicago. Louie loved family, friends, food and celebrating life. He was a friend to all who knew him and will be deeply missed. Visitation Thursday from 4 p.m. to 9 p.m. at Smith-Corcoran Funeral Home, 6150 N. Cicero Ave., Chicago. Family and friends will meet Friday morning at St. Andrew Greek Orthodox Church, 5649 N. Sheridan Rd., Chicago, IL 60660, for visitation from 10 a.m. until time of Funeral Service at 10:30 a.m. Interment Elmwood Cemetery. In lieu of flowers, memorial donations to the American Diabetes Assoc., P.O. Box 11454, Alexandria, VA, 22312 or St. Nicholas Greek Orthodox Church, 3333 French Rd., Appleton, WI, 54911, would be appreciated. Arrangements by John G. Adinamis Funeral Director, Ltd. 773-736-3833. Sign Guestbook at DICKSTEIN, MARSHALL Marshall Dickstein, age 82, passed away surrounded by many who loved him dearly. For 58 years he was the loving and gentle husband of Isabel, nee Pierce; compassionate father of Ronald (Barbara) Dickstein, Larry (Jody) Dickstein, Diedre Lubeznik and Barb (Louis) Hondras; cherished grandfather to Rachel, Sam and Zach Dickstein, Joey, Michael and Charlie Dickstein, Jack and Ethan Lubeznik and Daniel and Stephen Bender; dear brother to Ann (the late Gerald) Toppel, the late Eva and George Poser and Lillian and George Yanow; beloved uncle and great-uncle to many. Cared for tenderly by our Emma. As a CLU, he served in the insurance business for over 50 years. He was a proud WWII veteran. His love of family, travel and jazz reflected his true spirit. A kind and gentle soul, he will be remembered always. Funeral Services Thursday, 10 a.m. at Chicago Jewish Funerals Chapel, 195 N. Buffalo Grove Road (1block north of Lake Cook Road), Buffalo Grove. Interment Memorial Park Cemetery. Donations may be made to Congregation B’nai Jehoshua Beth Elohim, 901N. Milwaukee Ave., Glenview, IL 60025 or Midwest Palliative and Hospice Care Center, 2050 Clair Court, Glenview, IL 60026. Arrangements by Chicago Jewish Funerals, David Jacobson, funeral director 847-229-8822, Sign Guestbook at FRIEDMAN, RONALD Ronald Friedman,73 of Munster, Indiana, was born in Chicago, Illinois, on September 18,1934 and passed away August 3,2008. He was preceded in death by his parents June and Charles Friedman; daughter Sheri Scherer; and granddaughter Rachel Scherer; he is survived by his wife Jacqueline, nee Meyers; daughters Karen (Gary) De Re, Sandra (Philip) Doukas, brothers; Joel (Brenda) Friedman and Michael Friedman; grandchildren Aaron Doukas, Jacob Doukas , Matthew De Re , Rebecca Doukas, Stephanie De Re and Elizabeth De Re; brother-in-law Arthur (Evelyn) Meyers. Funeral service will take place on Wednesday August 6, 2008, 11a.m. Burns- Kish Funeral Home, 8415 Calumet Ave. Munster, IN. Visitation will be one hour prior from 10 to 11a.m. Interment will be held at Kneseth Israel Cemetery, Hammond,IN. In Lieu of flowers contributions may be made to the Pancreatic Cancer Network by phone at 877-272-6226, or online at Sign Guestbook at FINI, SYLVIO A. Sylvio "Steve" A. Fini, 81, of Chicago, died Tuesday, Aug. 5, 2008 in Hoffman Estates. Born Oct. 12, 1926 in Chicago, the son of the late Massimo and Teresa, nee Segretti. A Veteran of WWII, serving in the Army, Steve was a longtime leader of Cub Scout Pack 3121 and Boy Scout Troop 121; volunteer at West Suburban Hospital and longtime member of the St. Peter Canisius bowling league. Beloved husband of 45 years to the late Sylvia, nee Zokoych; loving father of Shirley (David) Wohlwend, Sandra (Michael) Caligiuri, Tony (Denise) and Mark (Denise); cherished grandfather to Gretchen, Janice (Mark), Kara, Michael, Jenna (David), Erica, Ashley and Carli; dear great-grandfather to Allix and Addison; fond brother to the late Mario (Adeline); uncle to many nieces and nephews. Visitation Friday 3 to 9 p.m. at the Countryside Funeral Home , 950 South Bartlett Rd. (At Stearns Rd.), Bartlett. Visitation Saturday, 9 a.m. until time of Mass 9:30 a.m., at St. John Bosco, 2301N. McVicker, Chicago. Interment St. Joseph Cemetery. In lieu of flowers, memorial donations to Alzheimer’s Association or the American Heart Association would be appreciated. Sign Guestbook at EDWARDS, BRUCE J. Bruce J. Edwards, age 47, died Sunday of cancer. He is survived by his wife, Cindy Edwards; his two children, Duncan and Katie; his father Ron Edwards; two brothers, Paul and Peter; two sisters, Debbie and Amanda; and his 25 nieces and nephews. A memorial service will be held later in the month. Sign Guestbook at GODAR JR., PATRICK E. Patrick E. Godar Jr., age 48, of Plainfield, beloved husband of Sharon, nee Prafke; loving father of Courtney (Jose) Leon, Ashley and Joshua Godar, Patrick, Jacob, Teddy and Marge; dear son of Roland and Diane Smith; cherised son-in-law of Audrey Prafke; dear grandson of Bernice Smith; fond brother of Timothy (Sandy), Michael (April), Tami (Tom) Titock, Wendy (Brian) Smith, Ronn (Kim) Smith and Richard Prafke; fond uncle of four nieces and seven nephews. Funeral Friday, 10 a.m. at New Life Lutheran Church, 249 N. Bolingbrook Dr., Bolingbrook. Interment Clarendon Hills Cemetery, Darien, IL. Visitation Thursday 3 p.m. to 8 p.m. at Bolingbrook-McCauley Funeral Chapel , 530 W.Boughton Rd. (1 mile West of Rt. 53 at Schmidt Rd.), Bolingbrook. In lieu of flowers, donations to Ashley and Joshua Godar’s education fund C/O West Suburban Bank, 1104 W. Boughton Rd., Bolingbrook, IL 60446 would be greatly appreciated. 630-759-1212 or Sign Guestbook at GERWIG, JOHN John "Jack" Gerwig, age 79, died peacefully at Loyola University Hospital on Sunday, Aug. 3 at 2:55 p.m. He was married for 52 years to Maurine, nee Reiser. A graduate of St. Mary’s College in California. He served as a Lieutenant in the Counter Intelligence Corp during the Korean War. Upon discharge from the Army, he became a Special Agent of the Federal Bureau of Investigations. Later serving as the Executive Vice President of the Chicago Regional Blood Council. Before retiring in 1995, he and his wife owned and operated the Westchester Card & Gift Shoppe. He is survived by his wife, Maurine; and two sisters-in-law, Helen Gerwig of Victorville, CA and Ruth Ann Stewart of Waverly, IL. He was preceded in death by one son Steven, his parents Harry William and Rose Gerwig, two brothers, Harry George, and James; five sisters, Catherine, Mary, Dorothy, June and Grace. A charter member of Divine Providence Church, a member of the St. Mary Alumni Association and the former Agents of the FBI. He was a past member of the Westchester Chamber of Commerce and the Westchester Lions Club. Family and friends will be received at the Coboy-Westches- ter Funeral Home (2 blks W. of Mannheim Rd.) on Wednesday, Aug. 6 from 3 to 9 p.m. Funeral Mass will be celebrated Thursday at 10 a.m. at the Divine Providence Church. Interment will be Friday at 11a.m. at St. Augustine Cemetery in Ashland, IL. Donations of Masses or contributions to St. Mary’s College of California, P.O. Box 4300, Moraga, CA 94575-4300 would be appreciated. For further info, 708-F-U-N-E-R-A-L. Sign Guestbook at Obituaries By Mary Rourke TRIBUNE NEWSPAPERS Luther Davis, a writer for stage, film and television who won a Tony award for “Kismet,” the Broadway musical and whose screen credits include, “Lady in a Cage,” a thriller that starred Olivia de Havilland, has died. He was 91. Mr. Davis died July 29 in New York City of natural causes according to his wife, actress Jennifer Bassey. He had been a resident of New York City. “Kismet,” a lavish spectacle that opened in 1953, brought Mr. Davis and his co- writer, Charles Lederer, a Tony award in 1954. A fable set in ancient Baghdad with opulent production numbers and music adapted from classical scores by Alexander Borodin, the show included two memorable songs, “Stranger in Paradise” and “Baubles, Bangles and Beads.” The show was a box office success that ran on Broad- way for more than a year and later toured. Mr. Davis and Lederer teamed again for a movie version of “Kismet” in 1955, directed by Vicente Minnelli that starred Howard Keel and Ann Blyth. Mr. Davis is also credited for the musical libretto of a 1967 television adaptation starring Jose Ferrer and Anna Maria Alberghetti. Another of his major Broadway shows was “Timbuktu!” which opened in 1978. Mr. Davis produced it and wrote the book. The story is based on “Kismet” and set in Africa with an all black cast that included Eartha Kitt and Melba Moore in the original production. The show was nominated for four Tony awards. Mr. Davis’ most recent Broadway show, “Grand Hotel,” opened in 1989 and won five Tony awards. Mr. Davis wrote the book, inspired by a novel written in the 1920s by Vicki Baum. Starting in the late 1940s, Mr. Davis had a parallel career in the movie business. “Lady in a Cage” (1964), that starred Ann Sothern and James Caan along with de Havilland, is a psychological thriller. De Havilland plays a wealthy woman who gets stuck in an elevator in her house and is tormented by thugs who break in. Los Angeles Times LUTHER DAVIS I1916 ~ 2008 Wrote Tony-winner ‘Kismet’ File photo Luther Davis produced Timbuktu!, ” opening in 1978. and 34 others the previous April. In 1997 Korean Air Flight 801 crashed into a hillside a short distance from Guam International Airport, killing 228 of the 254 aboard the Boeing 747. In 1998 former White House intern Monica Lewinsky spent 8 1 ⁄ 2 hours testifying be- On Aug. 6, 1787, the Constitutional Convention in Philadelphia began to debate the articles contained in a draft of the Constitution. In 1911 actress and comedian Lucille Ball was born near Jamestown, N.Y. In 1928 artist and filmmaker Andy Warhol was born. In 1945, during World War II, the United States dropped an atomic bomb on Hiroshima, Japan, killing an estimated 140,000 people in the first use of a nuclear weapon in warfare. In 1965 President Lyndon Johnson signed the Voting Rights Act. In 1992 President George H.W. Bush granted full diplomatic recognition to the former Yugoslav republics of Bosnia-Herzegovina, Slovenia and Croatia, the same day Britain’s Independent Television News showed videotape of emaciated detainees at Serb prison camps. In 1996 officials announced the Air Force had punished 16 officers in connection with the crash that killed Commerce Secretary Ron Brown fore a grand jury about her relationship with President Bill Clinton. In 2003 actor Arnold Schwarzenegger announced on “The Tonight Show with Jay Leno”that he would run as a replacement candidate for California governor. ALMANAC 1967 Tribune photo In 1998, legendary sportscaster and announcer and Hall of Fame member Jack Brickhouse died in Chicago; he was 82. North America and in 1952 began recording. That included eight albums in the 1950s featuring what they termed their “prepared- pianos,” in which they altered the natural piano sound by adding various objects to the piano strings, including rubber wedges, metal chains, glass, wood and cardboard. They also would reach inside their pianos to strum and pound on the strings. “That became their gimmick to become noticed, and that got them on television in New York,” said Smith. The duo’s prepared-piano By Dennis McLellan TRIBUNE NEWSPAPERS Lou Teicher, half of the popular Ferrante & Teicher piano duo that had Top 10 hits in the 1960s with their lushly orchestrated movie-theme singles, has died. He was 83. Mr. Teicher, a longtime resident of Sarasota, Fla., died of heart failure Sunday at his summer home in Highlands, N.C., said Scott Smith, personal manager toMr. Teicher and Arthur Ferrante. In a musical collaboration that spanned five decades and ended when they retired from the concert stage in 1989, Ferrante & Teicher recorded 150 original albums that, along with dozens of singles, sold 88 million records worldwide. In the process, they earned 22 gold and platinum records. “No one was more blessed than I to have Lou Teicher as my best friend since we met at the Juilliard School of Music at the ages of 9 and 6,” Ferrante said in a statement. “Although we were two individuals, at the twin pianos our brains worked as one. “Lou was certainly one of the world’s most gifted pianists.” Ferrante and Mr. Teicher were faculty instructors at Juilliard by day—and performing standards on their twin pianos in posh Manhattan nightclubs at night—for a couple of years before they made their debut as a classical two-piano team at Town Hall in New York City in 1947. They were soon touring and classical albums of the 1950s were well received but no match for what came in 1960 with their recording of “Theme from ‘The Apartment.’” “They told their producer/ co-arranger Don Costa, ‘Two pianos, it’ll never sell,’” said Smith. “Those were their famous last words.” “Theme from ‘The Apartment’” became Ferrante & Teicher’s first million-selling single. And when their recording of the theme from “Exodus” was released five months later, it would become their largest-selling single: some 6.5 million copies. Los Angeles Times LOU TEICHER I1924 ~ 2008 Half of piano duo behind hit singles 1987 photo Lou Teicher was hailed as “gifted.” Musical collaboration spanned 5 decades, from the halls of Juilliard to top of the charts Product: CTMETRO PubDate: 08-06-2008 Zone: ALL Edition: SS2 Page: 2-10 User: mmccann Time: 08-05-200822:32 Color: K

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