Mildred F. Lane,96, who looked inside a "big fluffy bun...

Deaths Elsewhere

August 13, 1999

Mildred F. Lane,96, who looked inside a "big fluffy bun" while another woman asked "Where's the beef?" died Saturday in New Hope, Minn., from injuries she suffered during a fall.

When Ms. Lane was 80, an advertising agent discovered her while she was buying yarn in a Chicago knitting shop. She appeared in commercials for Wendy's restaurant chain. In her most famous, filmed in the mid-1980s, she stood between two other women while wearing bifocals. The trio criticized other hamburger restaurants, with one asking: "Where's the beef?"

Jeanie Tomaini,82, who was born without legs and became known as "The Half Girl" on the carnival circuit, died Tuesday in Gibsonton, Fla.

While crisscrossing the United States on the sideshow circuit, Mrs. Tomaini, 2-foot-6, met Al Tomaini, who stood 8-foot-4 and wore a size-22 shoe. They married and worked the shows together as "The World's Strangest Couple."

Although small in stature, in spirit Mrs. Tomaini is remembered as a giant -- a matriarch who helped shape tiny Gibsonton into an off-season haven for circus workers.

Donald Johnson,75, a World War II Army veteran who headed the Veterans Administration during the last years of the Vietnam War, died Tuesday of complications of cancer in Fredericksburg, Va. Mr. Johnson, who headed the VA from 1969 to 1974, resigned under criticism for the Nixon administration's proposal to cut benefits for disabled Vietnam veterans.

He later served as a top official in the Commerce Department, as chief of staff to Iowa Republican Sen. Roger W. Jepson, and then as executive director of the National Credit Union Administration. He retired in 1993.

Earle M. Jorgensen,101, a steel entrepreneur and the last surviving member of Gov. Ronald Reagan's "kitchen cabinet," died Wednesday in Los Angeles.

He sold steel to California's burgeoning oil, aircraft and construction industries from the 1920s to the 1990s. The company he founded in 1921, now called EMJ Co., grew to sales of more than $1 billion a year.

He was among a small group of Reagan advisers who urged the former movie star to run for governor and then for the presidency. As governor, Mr. Reagan appointed him to the state college board of trustees.

Anthony Radziwill,40, a television executive and cousin of the late John F. Kennedy Jr., died of cancer Tuesday in New York.

The son of Lee Bouvier Radziwill Ross -- sister to Jacqueline Kennedy Onassis -- and Prince Stanislas Radziwill died at New York Hospital after a 10-year illness, said a statement from Massachusetts Democratic Sen. Edward M. Kennedy.

Mr. Radziwill started his career as an associate producer for NBC Sports, doing Emmy award-winning work during the 1988 Summer Olympics in Seoul. He joined ABC News as a producer for "Prime Time Live" in 1989, and won television's prestigious Peabody Award for an investigation of new Nazism in the United States in 1990. He later won two more Emmys.

Steven Schack,49, co-owner of the Redwood Hill Farm brand of goat cheese that has become synonymous with California cuisine, died Thursday in Sebastopol, Calif., after a five-month battle with pancreatic cancer. He and his wife, Jennifer Lynn Bice, co-owned Redwood Hill Farm and led a gourmet food renaissance in Sonoma County in the heart of California's wine country.

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