Thu February 7, 2013
The Two-Way

Makeup Artist Who Created Yoda Dies; Stuart Freeborn Was 98

Originally published on Thu February 7, 2013 3:28 pm

One of makeup artist Stuart Freeborn's best-known characters, Yoda.
Tim Whitby Getty Images

The makeup artist who gave Star Wars' Yoda and Chewbacca their out-of-this-world looks, and helped bring to life other memorable characters such as the apes in 2001: A Space Odyssey, has died.

Stuart Freeborn was 98. According to The Associated Press, his granddaughter Michelle Freeborn "said he died Tuesday in London from a combination of ailments due to his age."

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Wed February 6, 2013
The Two-Way

Essie Mae Washington-Williams Dies, Mixed Race Child Of Strom Thurmond

Originally published on Wed February 6, 2013 12:42 pm

Essie Mae Washington-Williams, daughter of the late Sen. Strom Thurmond (R-S.C.), speaks to reporters on Wednesday, Dec. 17, 2003.
Lou Krasky AP

Author and teacher Essie Mae Washington-Williams died in Columbia, S.C. according to her family attorney, Frank Wheaton. Washington-Williams, who was African-American, came to attention in 2003, when she publicly disclosed her father's name: the late Sen. Strom Thurmond, (R-S.C.), a one-time devoted segregationist.

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Tue February 5, 2013
The Record

Reg Presley, The Voice Of 'Wild Thing,' Dies

Originally published on Tue February 5, 2013 4:36 pm

Reg Presley in Hamburg, circa 1965.
Petra Niemeier — K & K Redferns

Reg Presley, the founder and lead singer of The Troggs, the rock group best known for the performing the original version of the song "Wild Thing," has died. Presley was 71. He died of lung cancer yesterday at his home in England.

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Tue February 5, 2013
The Two-Way

Reg Presley, Who Sang 'Wild Thing' With The Troggs, Dies

Originally published on Tue February 5, 2013 12:07 pm

Reg Presley of The Troggs in 1967.
PA Photos /Landov
  • From the NPR Newscast: A little 'Wild Thing' and Neda Ulaby's report on Reg Presley

Grab a guitar, hit those three chords (A, D, E) and take three minutes to pay your respects:

Reg Presley, who sang Wild Thing with The Troggs in 1966, is dead. He was 71 and had suffered a series of strokes recently.

The band's website says Presley "died peacefully" on Monday, "surrounded by all of his family."

NPR's Neda Ulaby tells our Newscast Desk that:

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Sat February 2, 2013

Remembering New York's Large-Than-Life Mayor, Ed Koch

Originally published on Sat February 2, 2013 1:07 pm



This is WEEKEND EDITION, from NPR News. I'm Scott Simon.


ED KOCH: Hi, hi. How am I doing?

SIMON: Ed Koch, the former mayor of New York, died yesterday at the age of 88. He was as New York as a salt bagel with an extra schmear. I profiled him when he ran for re-election in 1981.


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