Leonard J. Waxdeck, a high school biology teacher who is...


September 02, 1994

Leonard J. Waxdeck, a high school biology teacher who is credited with raising bird-calling to an art form, died Saturday in Piedmont, Calif. His age and the cause of death were not disclosed. He was best known for the annual Leonard J. Waxdeck bird-calling contest, which he ran for 31 years. In 1974, winners of the outrageous contest began to mix bird calls with theatrics and comic sketches. Later he and his students made annual appearances on "The Tonight Show." This summer they also appeared on David Letterman's show.

Col. Hubert Zemke, 80, a World War II flying ace who commanded a famous fighter group that bore his name, died Tuesday in Oroville, Calif. He served in Europe where he scored 17 aerial victories and 11 ground victories. He commanded the 56th Fighter Group, dubbed "Zemke's Wolfpack," which recorded 667 air triumphs. The unit, which flew P-47s "Thunderbolts," was part of the 8th Air Force Fighter Command in England. His honors included a Silver Star, Purple Heart, Distinguished Flying Cross, Air Medal, and the Legion of Merit. He crashed in Germany in 1944 and spent five months as a prisoner of war. He wrote two books, "Zemke's Wolfpack" and "Zemke's Stalag."


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