Dan Cushman, 92, a prolific fiction writer whose 1953...

Deaths Elsewhere

October 02, 2001

Dan Cushman, 92, a prolific fiction writer whose 1953 novel Stay Away, Joe was made into a movie starring Elvis Presley, died Saturday in Great Falls, Mont. The former New York Times book critic, who wrote dozens of books, was best known for Stay Away, Joe. Its portrayal of American Indians stirred controversy in Montana, and Indian novelist James Welch vetoed an excerpt for inclusion in The Last Best Place, a Montana anthology.

Evan Lottman, 70, a film editor whose work was nominated for an Academy Award, died of cancer Sept. 25 in New York. Mr. Lottman began his career during the 1960s, editing documentaries for television, including Churchill, F.D.R., WWI and WWII. He moved into feature films during the 1970s, editing The Panic in Needle Park, The Seduction of Joe Tynan and Sophie's Choice. His work on 1973's The Exorcist earned him an Oscar nomination. In 1979, he worked as an editor on Francis Ford Coppolla's opus Apocalypse Now.

Arsacio Vanegas, 79, a Mexican professional wrestler who helped train Fidel Castro's revolutionaries, died Wednesday after a long illness. "Kid" Vanegas was a popular wrestler in the 1950s when he was introduced to Mr. Castro, who was in exile in Mexico preparing a force of guerrillas to topple Cuban leader Fulgencio Batista. Mr. Vanegas gave physical training to the Cubans and stored some of their weapons in his house. The guerrillas overthrew Mr. Batista on Jan. 1, 1959.

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