William K. Everson,67, a film historian and collector who...


April 16, 1996

William K. Everson,67, a film historian and collector who saved hundreds of American movies from destruction, died Sunday of prostate cancer in New York.

He taught cinema studies at New York University and film history at the School of Visual Arts. He also was the author of 16 books on the cinema.

Mr. Everson, who organized film retrospectives worldwide, stored and screened thousands of film titles in his Manhattan apartment. He was a member of the National Film Preservation Board of the Library of Congress, and The Encyclopedia of Film credits him with saving hundreds of films considered useless by the studios.

Howard Nez,73, a Navajo Code Talker during World War II who later fought for Indian voting rights, died Thursday in New Mexico after a sudden illness. The Code Talkers were an elite force of Navajos who transmitted secret military information in their native language.

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