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By Robert McG. Thomas

Among his committed fanatics, his items have been recognized easily as McGs. With a "genius for illuminating that typically ephemeral apogee in people's lives after they turn out in a position to producing a brightly burning spark" (Columbia Journalism Review), Robert McG. Thomas Jr. honored interesting, unconventional lives with signature variety and wit.

The big apple Times bought numerous letters through the years from readers moved to tears or laughter by means of a McG. Eschewing regularly recognized matters, Thomas favorite unsung heroes, eccentrics, and underachievers, together with: Edward Lowe, the inventor of Kitty clutter ("Cat Owner's top Friend"); Angelo Zuccotti, the bouncer at El Morocco ("Artist of the Velvet Rope"); and Kay Halle, a glamorous Cleveland division shop heiress who acquired sixty-four marriage proposals ("An Intimate of Century's Giants"). in a single of his vintage obituaries, Thomas defined Anton Rosenberg as a "storied someday artist and low musician who...

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Although a short-lived 1930 program, “Painted Lives” by Irna Phillips, is regarded as the first radio soap opera, it was “Just Plain Bill,” which began at night in 1932, that created the culturaljuggernaut that would eventually be nicknamed for the product that often sponsored it. Within months the show had spawned many copycats, few as successful as those turned out by the Hummerts themselves, who had as many as 18 separate 15-minute serials running at a time for a total of 90 episodes a week, each ending with an unresolved crisis that was heightened for the Friday episode.

MATADOR John Fulton, a Philadelphia-born artist who worked with cape and sword in the bullrings of Spain, then celebrated his momentary masterpieces of ritual death by painting pictures of the very bulls he had slain using their own blood, died on Friday in a hospital near his home in Seville. He was 65, and had been the first American to qualify as a matador in Spain. Friends said the cause was a heart attack. In more than 40 years as a professional bullfighter, Mr. Fulton was never more than a competent journeyman.

After a year at the Philadelphia Museum College of Art, Mr. Fulton obtained a scholarship to an art school in San Miguel de Allende, which was also a Mexican bullfighting center, and used it to learn bullfighting. During a two-year Army stint in San Antonio, he spent weekends fighting bulls in Mexican border towns. Then in 1956 he headed for Spain. For all the obstacles he faced there, Mr. Fulton received his share of encouragement. Ernest Hemingway once slipped him a $100 traveler’s check, and James A.

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