Michael Bentine, 72, one of the four original members of...


November 29, 1996

Michael Bentine, 72, one of the four original members of "The Goon Show," died of prostate cancer Tuesday. Mr. Bentine starred with Peter Sellers, Spike Milligan and Harry Secombe in "Crazy People," which premiered in 1951 on the BBC.

It became "The Goon Show" in 1952, with Mr. Bentine dropping out by the end of the year.

Offstage, he lectured on the paranormal, sailed yachts, flew planes, was a crack pistol shot and archer, and published 14 books.

Jack Popplewell, 87, a playwright who composed the pop music hits "If I Should Fall in Love Again" and "My Girl's an Irish Girl," died of cancer Nov. 16.

He had his first success in pop music when a friend secretly entered "If I Should Fall in Love Again" in a competition. It won first prize and was recorded by Gracie Fields and others. Bing Crosby recorded "My Girl's an Irish Girl."

Mr. Popplewell's first play to reach the stage was "Blind Alley" in 1953, which became the film "Tread Softly, Stranger" in 1958.

Burton Charles Kennedy,51, executive producer of television station KTVK in Phoenix, Ariz., died Sunday. He had been battling a staph infection.

He started his television career in the late 1960s at KSAZ-TV in Phoenix.

He won an Emmy and a Columbia Dupont Silver Baton in the late 1970s for a documentary on the then-controversial Central Arizona Project.

V. I. Prewett Jr., 69, an industrialist who helped Fort Payne, Ala., -- claim the title "Sock Capital of the World," died after a heart attack Tuesday.

Prewett founded his sock-producing company in the 1950s with his father.

Initially employing six full-time and eight part-time workers in a knitting operation, the Prewett mills industry now employs 2,700.

Mr. Prewett provided the financial backing for many of his workers to start their hosiery operations.

Today, the Fort Payne area boasts more than 100 hosiery mills.

Woodrow "Woody" Wilson, 80, former publisher and editor of the West Virginia weekly Wirt County Journal, died Monday. Mr. Wilson began working in newspapers at age 13 with his father, the late Ross Wilson, who bought the newspaper the year before his son was born.

The younger Mr. Wilson bought the paper in 1946 and later merged it with the Kanawha News.

He retired in 1983.

Pub Date: 11/29/96

Baltimore Sun Articles
Please note the green-lined linked article text has been applied commercially without any involvement from our newsroom editors, reporters or any other editorial staff.