Deaths Elsewhere

Deaths Elsewhere

April 20, 2004

Frank Morrison, 98, a Democratic governor in predominantly Republican Nebraska during the 1960s, died of cancer yesterday at a hospital in McCook, Neb.

Mr. Morrison was governor from 1961 to 1967. His dream was to serve in Congress, yet he was never elected in five tries between 1948 and 1970.

The election of a Democrat who was opposed to the Vietnam War and capital punishment to the governor's seat in Nebraska in the 1960s attests to Mr. Morrison's charisma, said former governor and U.S. senator Jim Exon.

"Frank Morrison was just one of those individuals that as you got to know him, you couldn't help but like him, whether you were a Democrat or a Republican," he said.

Peggy DeCastro, 82, the eldest member of the DeCastro Sisters, the Latin singing group that gained fame with the 1950s hit "Teach Me Tonight" and was a popular attraction at Las Vegas hotels and nightclubs for years, died of lung cancer March 6, according to her manager.

She and her sisters Cherie and Babette first gained attention in Cuba with their flamboyant nightclub act. After moving to Miami with their family in 1945, they became protegees of Brazilian singing star Carmen Miranda, who put them in her film Copacabana.

They went on to make television history in 1947 when they appeared on the first live broadcast of Los Angeles station KTLA, performing "Babalu" after an introduction by Bob Hope.

She gave her final performance Feb. 14 when, appearing seated in a wheelchair, she sang "Old Man Time" with sister Cherie at Boulder Station in Las Vegas.

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