Robert L.J. Long, 82, who was the Hawaii-based...

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July 01, 2002

Robert L.J. Long,

82, who was the Hawaii-based commander in chief of all U.S. military forces in the Pacific for four years, died Thursday in Honolulu.

Admiral Long, a resident of Annapolis, died at the National Naval Medical Center in Bethesda.

Admiral Long headed the Pacific Command from October 1979 until his retirement in July 1983.

A native of Kansas City, Mo., he graduated from the Naval Academy in 1943. He earned the Bronze Star while serving aboard the battleship USS Colorado in the western Pacific during World War II.

He later attended submarine school and commanded several submarines before joining the staff of Adm. Hyman Rickover in 1959.

In 1972, Admiral Long was named commander of the U.S. Atlantic Fleet Submarine Force, as well as vice chief of naval operations.

After his retirement, Admiral Long became a board member of Northrop Grumman Corp. and Hudson Industries. He was also principal executive of President Ronald Reagan's fact-finding committee that investigated the 1983 bombing of the Marine Barracks in Beirut, Lebanon.

Arthur "Spud" Melin,

77, co-founder of the toy company that introduced the world to the Frisbee, Hula Hoop and other faddish gems of American pop culture, died Friday in Costa Mesa, Calif. He had Alzheimer's disease.

Mr. Melin started toy giant Wham-O in 1948 with his boyhood friend Richard Knerr. They started with slingshots and named their mail-order company after the sound a slingshot made when its projectile struck a target. They branched into other sporting goods, including pellet guns, crossbows and daggers.

They added toys in 1955, when building inspector Fred Morrison sold them a plastic flying disc he had developed after watching Yale University students toss pie tins. Wham-O began selling the disc they called the "Pluto Platter" two years later before modifying it and renaming it the "Frisbee."

In 1958, as Frisbee sales took off, an Australian toy manufacturer visited Wham-O's factory in the Los Angeles suburb of San Gabriel. He gave company officials an impromptu lesson in how to use a rattan hoop imported from Australia.

Wham-O began selling the Hula Hoop a short time later and eventually would sell 25 million of them.

Francois Perier,

82, a prolific and acclaimed actor whose presence on the French stage and screen spanned three generations, has died of a heart attack at his Paris home, friends said Saturday.

Mr. Perier, who had been a close friend of Jean-Paul Sartre, appeared in 108 films and was solicited by the top writers and directors, from Marcel Carne for the 1938 film Hotel du Nord, to Jean Cocteau for the 1949 Orphee, to Jean-Luc Godard for the 1987 Soigne Ta Droite (Take Care of Your Right).

Phil Interlandi,

78, a cartoonist whose work had been a mainstay in Playboy for decades, died Wednesday of liver disease. He was 78.

Mr. Interlandi sold his first cartoon to Playboy in 1955. His black-and-white drawings have critiqued society since.

Born in Chicago of Sicilian immigrants, Mr. Interlandi and his identical twin, Frank, who became a syndicated political cartoonist for the Los Angeles Times, both showed artistic ability at a young age.

During World War II, he joined the Army at 17 and drew cartoons for The Yank, the Army newspaper. He was later held as a prisoner of war in Germany.

After the war, Interlandi studied at the Chicago Academy of Fine Arts, then worked in advertising for several years before becoming a full-time free-lance magazine cartoonist and later a syndicated cartoonist.

He also illustrated a number of books, including Art Linkletter's Kids Say the Darndest Things and I Wish I'd Said That, in addition to Dick Van Dyke's Faith, Hope and Hilarity: The Child's Eye View of Religion and Ed McMahon's The Barside Companion.

Don Luft,

72, former Philadelphia Eagles end and earlier a three-sport athlete at Indiana University, died June 19 in Bloomington, Ind.

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