- The Washington Times - Tuesday, October 3, 2006

McCOMB, Miss. (AP) — Prentiss Barnes, who sang with the Moonglows and is a member of the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame, died Sept. 30 in a traffic accident in southwest Mississippi. He was 81.

Mr. Barnes, of Magnolia, was killed when his car crashed on Mississippi 48, east of Magnolia. The county coroner said Mr. Barnes was thrown from the car and died of massive trauma.

Mr. Barnes, a bass singer for the Moonglows, was inducted into the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame in March 2000.

He also was a member of the Vocal Group Hall of Fame and a Rhythm and Blues Foundation Pioneer.

The Moonglows’ R&B; and doo-wop recordings include “Blue Velvet,” “Most of All,” “We Go Together” and “Ten Commandments of Love.”

The Moonglows disbanded in the mid-1960s. Mr. Barnes struck out on a solo career and headed for California in 1969. On the westward trip, he was severely injured when a train struck his car in Texas. It took two years and 10 operations before Mr. Barnes was well enough to return to Mississippi.

Norma Goodrich, 89,wrote of King Arthur

CLAREMONT, Calif. (AP) — Norma Lorre Goodrich, an author and former professor who unearthed what she called the true story behind the legend of King Arthur, died of natural causes Sept. 19 at her home in Claremont. She was 89.

The author spent many years researching books on King Arthur, Merlin, Guinevere and the Holy Grail, traveling to Scotland with John Hereford Howard, following routes in ancient maps and studying clues gathered from artifacts and writings.

Mrs. Goodrich determined that King Arthur was a real person who once lived in Scotland, not a mythical hero in southwestern England or Wales as others had thought, while Guinevere was a Pictish queen and Lancelot a Scottish king.

Mrs. Goodrich received a bachelor’s degree from the University of Vermont in 1938 and earned doctoral degrees in French and Roman philology from Columbia University.

In 1964, she married Mr. Howard and began teaching French and comparative literature at the University of Southern California. She became dean of the faculty at Scripps College in Claremont seven years later.

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