Announer: And now the orbits, William Levitt died in 1994, he was the developer of Levittown that led to the look of today’s suburbias. So did Chemist Linus Pauling and Teleprompter founder Irving Kahn, and RADAR co-developer Lee Alvin DuBridge. Novelist Ralph Ellison died and Randy Stilts who wrote the book about aids.
Tennis great, Vitas Gerulaitis died at 40 from Carbon-monoxide fumes, an accident rather than a suicide.
Three of the most important Washington figures in recent history died in 1994.
Richard Nixon: “I, Richard Milhous Nixon do solemnly swear.”
Announcer: Richard Nixon was the only President ever to leave office before the end of his term because of scandal.
Richard Nixon: “I shall resign the Presidency effective at noon tomorrow.”
Announcer: Nixon would have enjoyed seeing the year's Republican election sweep. This man would not have.
Tip' O'Neill: “I began my public life in 1936 on the slogan of work and wages.”
Announcer: Long time speaker of the house Tip O'Neill, died in January.
Tip O'Neill: “I remain convinced that our greatest goal is to give the average American the opportunity to earn an income.”
Announcer: Former First Lady, Jacqueline Kennedy Onassis died of cancer.
Joseph Cotten: “You are not going to like that one little bit when you find out it means that your working man expects something as his right, not as your gift.”
Announcer: This sounds political but isn't. It's Joseph Cotten from the movie Citizen Kane, he died in 1994.
So did Burt Lancaster and Cesar Romero; and Telly Savalas; and Claude Akins; and Cameron Mitchell; and George Peppard; and William Conrad. The star of Jake and the Fatman was also the voice of an original western.
Sound clip: “Around Dodge City and in the territory on west, there's just one way to handle the killers and the spoilers, and that's with a U.S. Marshall and the smell of gun-smoke.”
Announcer: Radio’s Henry Aldridge, Ezra Stone, died in 1994. The actress Jessica Tandy died and we lost Dinah Shore, and Betty Furness, and Melina Mercouri. The star of Never On Sunday died on a Sunday in March.
John Candy was only 43 when he died the same month while filming a movie in Mexico. Raul Julia died at 54.
Hollywood Composer Henry Mancini died. This was his Mr. Lucky, he also did Peter Gunn and the Pink Panther theme and Days of Wine and Roses.
Jule Styne, he wrote Diamonds are a Girl’s Best Friend and the songs from Funny Girl.
The jazz world lost Cab Calloway and Shorty Rogers and Sunny Shirak (ph), and jazz singer Carmen McRae died in 1994.
Announcer: The Seattle Rock Star Kurt Cobain the heart of the band Nirvana, committed suicide at the age of 28.
Announcer: David Crosby, senior partner of Crosby, Stills and Nash needed a liver transplant to make it through 1994.