- The Washington Times - Monday, January 7, 2008

Joyce Carlson, 84, Disney artist

ORLANDO, Fla. (AP) — Joyce Carlson, a Disney artist who helped create the idyllic universe of singing children at “It’s a Small World” rides around the globe, died Wednesday at home after a long battle with cancer. She was 84.

In a 56-year career with Disney, Miss Carlson went from delivering paints and brushes to animators to inking films herself, but it was her work on “It’s a Small World” that is witnessed by millions of visitors each year.

Miss Carlson was among the creators of a miniature prototype of “It’s a Small World” for the 1964 World’s Fair in New York and subsequently helped bring the attraction to each of its permanent locations: Florida, California, Toyko, Paris and Hong Kong.

Born in Racine, Wis., Miss Carlson moved with her family to Southern California in 1938. Within six months of joining Walt Disney Studios, she was working on “Cinderella,” “Peter Pan” and other animated features.

She retired in 2000 and was given a window in her honor on Main Street at Walt Disney World in Florida. It reads, “Dolls by Miss Joyce, Dollmaker for the World.”

‘Blackie’ Gonzales, 74, televangelist

SANTA FE, N.M. (AP) — Televangelist Belarmino “Blackie” Gonzales, who founded KCHF-TV in Santa Fe 23 years ago as a Christian TV station, died Wednesday after suffering a stroke on New Year’s Eve. He was 74.

Besides KCHF, operated through the nonprofit Son Broadcasting Co., Mr. Gonzales ran an Albuquerque radio station, KDAC-AM, through Pan American Broadcasting Co. for 36 years.

He was co-host of KCHF’s flagship program, “God Answers Prayer,” which he began on radio, and was host of “A Healthier You.”

A native of Santa Fe, Mr. Gonzales served in the Army, attended the College of Santa Fe and Trinity Theological Seminary in Albuquerque and taught business courses at the College of Santa Fe.

He received an honorary doctorate of divinity from Oral Roberts University in Tulsa, Okla., in 2006. He served on the boards of National Religious Broadcasters and Christian Television Broadcasters, was state director of Christians United for Israel and was a board member for World Embassy for Peace and Religious Freedom.

Ed LaDou, 52, pizza innovator

SANTA MONICA, Calif. (AP) — Ed LaDou, a pizza innovator and restaurateur who gained notoriety with a salad rumored to induce labor in pregnant women, died Dec. 27 of cancer at St. John’s Health Center. He was 52.

His Los Angeles cafe, Caioti, began drawing a clientele of expectant women in the 1990s as the salad rumor spread. Mr. LaDou said 18 customers had said that the romaine and watercress salad caused contractions within five hours. He thought it was his dressing that contained the labor-inducing qualities.

And that was one recipe Mr. LaDou planned to keep secret.

In the 1980s, Mr. LaDou was a key player in the evolution of the California-style pizza. He loaded pizzas with nontraditional toppings at the opening of Wolfgang Puck’s original Spago, then developed the first menu for California Pizza Kitchen.

After making a splash with toppings such as barbecued chicken, duck, smoked salmon and shrimp, Mr. LaDou opened his own restaurant, Caioti, where he continued to win fans with his pizzas — and the salad.

Joseph Lazarow, 84, Atlantic City mayor

ATLANTIC CITY, N.J. (AP) ” Joseph Lazarow, a record-breaking glad-hander who presided as mayor of Atlantic City during the dawn of the casino industry, died Thursday in St. Petersburg, Fla., after a long illness. He was 84.

The Atlantic City native known for his integrity and publicity stunts, Mr. Lazarow was elected to the City Commission — now the City Council — in 1972 with little political experience. His counterparts on the council named him mayor in 1976, the start of the aging beach town’s transformation to a glittery, gambling mecca.

The first casino opened in 1978 after Mr. Lazarow was named chairman of the Committee to Rebuild Atlantic City, which supported a ballot measure to open casinos as an urban redevelopment tool.

On the committee and as mayor, Mr. Lazarow argued to no avail for a rule that casinos hire only Atlantic City residents, angering nearby communities. He also opposed casinos along the famous Boardwalk, contending they would displace residents and the new businesses would best fit on the outskirts of town.

But he was best known for his low-key leadership style and stunts promoting his beloved city.

In July 1977, Mr. Lazarow bested a world record set by Teddy Roosevelt in 1901 for shaking hands in a single day. He did it 8,514 times, beating Roosevelt’s record of 8,513, according to Guinness World Records.

After Mr. Lazarow set the record by one shake on the Boardwalk, he got into a motorcycle sidecar and drove throughout the city to shake still more hands. Before quitting that night, he reportedly had shaken more than 11,000 hands.

Mr. Lazarow served as mayor until 1982. He remained in the city until the death of his wife, Fredlyn, in 1993, moving to Florida in 1995.

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