* Richard Tompkins, 74, who amassed a $39 million fortune...


December 11, 1992

* Richard Tompkins, 74, who amassed a $39 million fortune i 15 years by introducing U.S.-style trading stamps, died Sunday in London. The north London native was a self-made success. After leaving school, he worked as a laundry worker, gas station attendant and manager of a small cafe, among other jobs. In 1958, after a trip to the United States, he launched his Green Shield Stamp Trading Co. with himself as chairman and managing director. The stamps -- similar to Green Stamps -- helped revolutionize British shopping habits.

* Actor Franco Franchi, 70, known for comic roles and parodies of famous movies, died Wednesday at a Rome hospital from a hemorrhage. The Sicilian starred in more than 150 movies with his partner, Ciccio Ingrassia. They specialized in parodies of Italian and foreign movies, such as "The Last Tango in Zagarol."

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