* "Grandma Ruth" Blumenfeld, whose picture appeared on 80...


December 22, 1992

* "Grandma Ruth" Blumenfeld, whose picture appeared on 80 novelty greeting cards that sold more than 1 million copies in several countries, has died at age 101 in St. Paul, Minn. Ms. Blumenfeld's picture appeared on humorous cards sold in the United States, Canada, Australia, England and Ireland and also on T-shirts and calendars. Some of the cards produced by Innovision, of Chicago, were slightly risque. One Christmas card pictured "Grandma Ruth" sitting on a bed with Santa Claus. The caption said: "Well, he's no Tom Selleck, but . . ." Another card showed her dressed as a princess, holding a mop. Inside, the card read: "I don't do housework. I'm a Republican." She began modeling at age 88 after her grandson, Jay, a photographer in Chicago, suggested that she pose for cards he was doing. Her modeling career ended four years ago when she had a stroke.

* Gyoergy Marosan, a veteran Communist who was a key figure in suppressing the 1956 Hungarian Revolution, died Sunday at age 84. Mr. Marosan joined the Hungarian Social Democratic Party in 1927 as an apprentice baker and later became a labor leader in the food workers' union. He was repeatedly jailed for his union activities during World War II. After the war, he said the Social Democrats should cooperate with the Communist Party, and many Social Democrats accused him of selling out their party.

* Saxophonist Curtis Peagler, who played with jazz greats Ray Charles and Count Basie, died Saturday in Los Angeles after heart surgery at age 55. He was a featured player in Charles' band from 1964 to 1969. For a time, he managed his own group, the Jazz Disciples. More recently, Mr. Peagler was a prominent solo artist in Southern California and at jazz festivals worldwide. He also played regularly with the Sweet Baby Blues Band in San Diego.

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