Other Notable deaths


May 25, 2006

Tom Adams, 89, a former Florida lieutenant governor who narrowly avoided being removed from office and then ran against his boss for the state's top job, was killed Monday in an automobile accident.

A Democrat, Mr. Adams was secretary of state in the 1960s. When he was Gov. Reubin Askew's lieutenant governor in 1973, the Florida House brought articles of impeachment against him, accusing him of misconduct for having state employees do work on his farm.

His defenders argued that it wasn't a big deal. Still, it made Mr. Adams a political liability for Mr. Askew, who was cultivating a reputation as a good-government reformer and dropped him from the ticket when he ran for re-election in 1974.

Mr. Adams began publicly criticizing the governor and ran against him in the Democratic primary, but came in third. Mr. Askew won the primary and a second term.

Mr. Adams was driving along Interstate 10 in northern Florida when he lost control of his 2004 Ford Explorer, which ran into the median, hit a sign and flipped, police said.

Mr. Adams, who was not wearing a seat belt, was ejected from the vehicle and pronounced dead at the scene. His 19-year-old son, Tom "TJ" Adams III, was injured in the accident.

Clifford Antone, 56, owner of the namesake blues club credited with launching the careers of Stevie Ray Vaughan and other musicians, was found dead of unknown causes Tuesday at his home in Austin, Texas.

Fats Domino, John Lee Hooker and B.B. King performed at Antone's, which became famous as the home club of rising Texas stars Vaughan and the Fabulous Thunderbirds. Mr. Vaughan died in a helicopter crash in 1990.

Mr. Antone was 25 when he founded the club, which celebrated its 30th anniversary last year. In 1987, he also started Antone's Records and Tapes, a recording label that featured many of the club's top acts.

He went to prison on federal charges of drug trafficking and money laundering in 2000 and was released in 2003. The charges stemmed from a plot to distribute more than 2,000 pounds of marijuana and launder about $950,000 in drug proceeds.

Angel Fernandez, 80, a sportscaster who was one of the best-known voices in the history of Mexican radio and television, died Tuesday in Mexico City after a prolonged illness.

Mr. Fernandez called baseball games and boxing matches, but was best known for his soccer work -- and as one of the first to yell "Goooooooool!" when teams scored during matches.

That tradition was not only copied by a generation of Mexican broadcasters but was also well-known throughout the soccer world, and even became a phenomenon in the United States when it hosted the World Cup in 1994.

Val Guest, 94, the versatile British director and screenwriter best known for directing the science-fiction classics The Quatermass Xperiment and The Day the Earth Caught Fire, died of prostate cancer May 10 in Palm Desert, Calif.

After becoming a director in the 1940s, Mr. Guest made comedies, thrillers and musicals, but he was best known for his science-fiction works.

The Quatermass Xperiment was a 1955 science-fiction horror thriller with a semi-documentary feel about an experimental rocket ship that crashes in rural England with only one surviving crew member.

An invisible force gradually transforms him into a monstrous creature as he consumes plants, animals and humans.

In the 1961 film The Day the Earth Caught Fire, simultaneous nuclear explosions by the United States and Soviet Union knock Earth off its axis and send it hurtling toward the sun. The picture earned Mr. Guest and co-writer Wolf Mankowitz best British screenplay awards from the British Academy of Film and Television Arts.

Mr. Guest also was one of the five credited directors on the 1967 James Bond spoof Casino Royale.

Sherman Skolnick, 75, a corruption-hunting Chicago activist credited with pushing two Illinois Supreme Court justices from power, died in his sleep Sunday at his South Side home, his family said.

Though journalists often referred to the tireless Mr. Skolnick as a conspiracy theorist, he rejected the title.

Using the Citizens Committee to Clean Up the Courts, a public interest group he founded, he sniffed out scandals and corruption.

While his credibility was often undermined by his more outrageous claims -- including his insistence that former Chicago Mayor Harold Washington was killed -- he was occasionally proved right.

In 1969, he found out that two judges on the Supreme Court -- Roy Solfisburg and Ray Klingbiel -- had accepted stock in a Chicago bank from a defendant whose case they decided favorably. The two were eventually forced to resign.

Later, when news media outlets refused to take any of his news tips seriously, he founded his own "Hotline News" in the early 1970s, which was a recorded news phone message. He also worked in radio and cable television and founded a Web site, www.skol nicksreport.com.

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