Joel Oliansky, 66, a writer-director who won two Emmys...

Deaths Elsewhere

August 02, 2002

Joel Oliansky, 66, a writer-director who won two Emmys for his work on The Senator and The Law, died Monday in Los Angeles.

His directing credits include episodes of the TV series Emergency, Kojak, Quincy, Bring 'Em Back Alive and Alfred Hitchcock Presents.

His script for the 1970 TV program The Senator earned him an Emmy. He also wrote the TV miniseries The Law, starring Judd Hirsch, which won him another Emmy as well as Writers Guild and Humanitas awards.

He directed two films, The Competition, starring Richard Dreyfuss, in 1980, and In Defense of a Married Man in 1990. He also drafted the screenplay of the 1988 biopic Bird, about jazzman Charlie Parker.

Ron Walotsky, 58, a renowned science fiction artist whose work was featured on about 500 book covers, including Queen of the Damned by Anne Rice and Carrie by Stephen King, died Monday in Flagler Beach, Fla., after a brief illness.

His work, much of which featured aliens and surreal landscapes in vivid colors, has been exhibited in the Museum of Modern Art in New York and the U.S. Embassy in Paris.

Last year, Mr. Walotsky published Inner Visions: the Art of Ron Walotsky, an anthology of his work.

Michelle Pailthorp, 61, a women's rights and environmental activist who ran the successful campaign for a Washington state equal rights amendment, died in Seattle on Wednesday of an aneurysm.

A trial lawyer, she helped rewrite the state juvenile code as state legislative director for the American Civil Liberties Union of Washington in the 1970s.

She was best known as manager of the referendum campaign that produced a vote to ratify the state Equal Rights Amendment in 1972. The measure proclaimed: "Equality of rights and responsibility under the law shall not be abridged on account of sex."

Thomas Calvin Floyd, 89, whose twangy voice sold Luck's beans in the 1950s, died Sunday in Asheboro, N.C. He had suffered from Alzheimer's disease.

Mr. Floyd had one of Asheboro's best-known voices, between his music career and his jobs announcing at radio stations. In 1942, he organized a group that played for radio shows and performed throughout the Southeast, appearing in concert with bluegrass legends Lester Flatt and Earl Scruggs.

In 1950, Luck's sponsored the band, provided that Mr. Floyd plug the product at shows. His jingle went: "Luck's pinto beans, Luck's pinto beans. Eat 'em and you'll never go wrong. Luck's pinto beans."

Atef Salem, 74, a veteran director known for his studies of family life, died Tuesday in Cairo.

After a stroke three years ago, he used a wheelchair, and he had another stroke Tuesday, Egypt's Middle East News Agency reported.

Mr. Salem finished his last movie, A Real Equestrian, with Mona Zaky and Ezzat Abu Ouf, in 1999. He directed 54 movies, beginning with 1953's Deprivation.

Among his best-known movies was They Made Me a Criminal, about the Egyptian tradition of temporary marriages, which can be canceled simply by destroying the document that created them and often are masks for prostitution.

Yee Sateow, 82, a Thai tribesman mentioned in the Guinness Book of World Records for his lengthy locks, died from food poisoning Monday in his remote mountain village, one year after the death of his brother who held the record for the world's longest hair.

Mr. Yee's hair was measured at 16 feet. He gained fame in 1997 after he was mentioned alongside his brother, Hoo, whose hair, at 16 feet 11 inches, was recognized by Guinness as the longest in the world.

The brothers were ethnic Hmong tribesmen who lived in the village of Muang Nga in Chiang Mai province, about 420 miles north of Bangkok.

The Guinness Web site says the brothers used to wash their hair once a month with the help of villagers.

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