EmptyCharles Wang, managing director of Salon Films, a film equipment supplier that also helps finance international films in Hong Kong, Thailand and China, died July 6 in New York. He was 74.
A memorial service will be held July 29 at the College Chapel of Wang's alma mater, Chung Chi College of the Chinese University of Hong Kong.
Salon Films was founded by Wang's father, T.C. Wang, in 1969. Charles grew Salon to become the leading regional supplier of equipment and production logistics, with offices in Malaysia, Thailand, Shanghai, Beijing and Manila.
His numerous producer credits on both sides of the Pacific include last year's groundbreaking shoot of "Mission: Impossible III" in Shanghai, "Rush Hour 2" and "Dragon: The Bruce Lee Story."
Lois Wyse, an advertising executive, author and columnist who coined the catchphrase "With a name like Smucker's, it has to be good," died July 6 at her New York home after a long struggle with stomach cancer. She was 80.
Wyse created the advertising slogan that helped propel J.M. Smucker Co. from a small Orrville, Ohio-based jam and jelly business into an international brand. Her suggestion that a small chain of stores try a new name — Bed Bath & Beyond — helped turn that business into a retail heavyweight.
During the 1967 mayoral campaign in Cleveland, she acted as adviser to Carl Stokes, who became the first black mayor elected in a major U.S. city.
Wyse wrote "The Way We Are," a column that ran in Good Housekeeping magazine from 1983-98, and more than 60 books, including the 1989 best-seller "Funny, You Don't Look Like a Grandmother."
Boots Randolph, whose funky saxophone playing on songs like his composition "Yakety Sax" made him one of Nashville's top musicians, died there July 3 after suffering a cerebral hemorrhage. He was 80.
Randolph played regularly in Nashville nightclubs for 30 years, becoming a tourist draw for the city much like Wayne Newton in Las Vegas and Pete Fountain in New Orleans.
He recorded more than 40 albums and spent 15 years touring with the Festival of Music, teaming with fellow instrumentalists Chet Atkins and Floyd Cramer.
As a session musician, he played on Elvis Presley's "Return to Sender," Roy Orbison's "Oh, Pretty Woman," Brenda Lee's "Rockin' Round the Christmas Tree" and "I'm Sorry," REO Speedwagon's "Little Queenie," Al Hirt's "Java" and other songs, including ones by Buddy Holly and Johnny Cash.
Will H. Schaefer, a composer whose music accompanied such hit television shows as "I Dream of Jeannie" and "The Flintstones," died June 30 of cancer in a nursing home in Cathedral City, Calif. He was 78.
The Wisconsin native wrote background music for such TV shows as "The Flying Nun," "Hogan's Heroes," "The Jetsons" and "The Tonight Show Starring Johnny Carson" as well as the movies "The AristoCats" and "The SpongeBob SquarePants Movie."
He composed and recorded music for more than 700 commercials, and he was nominated for a Pulitzer Prize for his concert piece "The Sound of America," commissioned for the 1976 bicentennial celebration.
George Melly, a flamboyant, gravel-voiced jazz singer, critic and raconteur, died July 5 at his home in London. He was 80.
Melly was noted for loud suits, louder ties and the image he cultivated of a hard-drinking throwback to the Jazz Age.
After his Navy service in World War II, Melly relished the life of a peripatetic musician. "Hard drinking and squalid digs, but absolutely no regrets," he once recalled. After a stint as a critic, he resumed performing in the 1970s with John Chilton's Feetwarmers.