Irving Stone, 90, who started working in his family's...

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January 18, 2000

Irving Stone, 90, who started working in his family's greeting card business at age 5 and helped transform it into one of the world's largest card makers, died in Cleveland yesterday of an unspecified extended illness.

Stone held the title of founder-chairman of American Greetings Corp., at the time of his death, but was not involved in managing the day-to-day affairs of the 93-year-old company.

The company has sales today of $2.2 billion with products sold in 75 countries around the world. Stone's father, Jacob Sapirstein, founded the company in 1906 by selling picture postcards from his wagon.

Mr. Stone became the company's bookkeeper by age 12. One of his earliest original verses -- "From Someone Who Likes To Remember Someone Too Nice To Forget" -- has sold more cards than any other in the company's history and is still part of the line.

Ivan D. Combe, 88, the marketer who sold the acne remedy Clearasil to teen-agers and Just for Men hair coloring to their fathers, died Jan. 11 in Greenwich, Conn.

Mr. Combe was chairman and chief executive of Combe Inc., a privately held company he founded in 1948.

John B. "Jack" Lake, 79, who as publisher saw the St. Petersburg Times grow in prominence as the city he loved grew too, died Saturday at his Snell Isle home after an apparent stroke, family members said.

Benjamin Masselink, 80, a novelist who wrote scripts for "Hawaii Five-O" and "Starsky and Hutch" and columns for several magazines, including TV Guide, died Thursdayin Los Angeles.


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