- The Washington Times - Monday, October 23, 2006

LONDON (AP) — British writer Eric Newby, author of the travel classic “A Short Walk in the Hindu Kush,” died Oct. 20 near Guilford in southern England. He was 86.

Born and raised in London, Mr. Newby gave up a job in advertising in 1938 to sail on a Finnish grain ship to Australia and back, a voyage he recounted in “The Last Grain Race.”

He served with the elite Special Boat Section during World War II. Captured during an operation off the Italian coast in 1942, he spent three years in a prisoner of war camp. He managed to escape, and before being recaptured met a young Italian-Slovenian woman, Wanda Skof, whom he married in 1946.

After the war, Mr. Newby worked in the fashion business before setting out to climb Afghanistan’s Mir Samir. The journey is recounted in “A Short Walk in the Hindu Kush” (1958), a book that has remained in print for nearly half a century.

Mr. Newby served as travel editor of the Observer newspaper from 1964 to 1973 and continued to travel. His travel books include “Slowly Down the Ganges,” “Round Ireland in Low Gear,” “Love And War in the Apennines” and “On the Shores of the Mediterranean.”

Nelson de la Rosa, 38,actor, Red Sox fan

SANTO DOMINGO, Dominican Republic (AP) — Nelson de la Rosa, a 2-foot-4 actor and ubiquitous good-luck charm for the Boston Red Sox during their victorious 2004 World Series run, died Oct. 22 of unknown causes in a Providence, R.I., hospital. He was 38.

Mr. de la Rosa was thought to be one of the world’s smallest men.

He fell ill shortly after arriving in Miami on Friday from Chile, where the Dominican national had been working in a circus. On Saturday, he traveled to New York, and later to Providence, where two of his brothers live, his agent, Andres Duran, said.

Mr. de la Rosa became internationally known when he appeared alongside actor Marlon Brando in the 1996 film “The Island of Dr. Moreau.”

After the baseball fan was introduced to then-Boston ace Pedro Martinez by a mutual friend, the two Dominicans became friends. Mr. de la Rosa became a regular presence in the team’s clubhouse in the playoffs of the 2004 season, in which the Red Sox won their first World Series in 86 years.

Mr. de la Rosa’s body will be sent back to the Dominican Republic after an autopsy and then could be put on display in a museum, his agent said.

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