- The Washington Times - Monday, January 8, 2007

TOKYO (AP) — Momofuku Ando, the Japanese inventor of instant noodles — a dish that has sustained American college students for decades — died Jan. 5 after suffering a heart attack. He was 96.

Born in Taiwan, Mr. Ando founded Nissin Food Products in 1948 from a humble family operation. Faced with food shortages in post-World War II Japan, he thought a quality, convenient noodle product would help feed the masses.

In 1958, his “Chicken Ramen” — the first instant noodle — was introduced after many trials. After its success, the company offered other products, such as the “Cup Noodle” in 1971.

The Momofuku Ando Instant Ramen Museum opened in 1999 in Ikeda City in western Japan to commemorate his inventions.

Mr. Ando gave a speech at the company’s New Year ceremony and enjoyed Chicken Ramen for lunch with Nissin employees the day before he died, Japan’s largest daily newspaper reported.

John Lust, 94, airship crew member

BUTLER, N.J. (AP) — John Lust, thought to be the last surviving crew member from the Navy’s disaster-prone rigid airship program of the 1920s and ‘30s, died Dec. 29. He was 94.

Mr. Lust enlisted in the Navy at 17, a few years after the 1925 crash of the rigid, blimplike USS Shenandoah. Unlike the flexible blimps that fly over sporting events, the rigid airships had internal frames.

Despite the disaster over Ohio, which killed 14, Mr. Lust went to work running engines on the airships, first on the USS Los Angeles, then on the USS Akron, which was based in Lakehurst Naval Air Station in Manchester, N.J.

Mr. Lust was on leave recovering from injuries he sustained in a car accident when the Akron crashed into the sea off Long Beach Island on April 3, 1933. Seventy-three of the 76 men aboard died. Within two years, the Navy ended its rigid-hulled airship program.

It was two years after that that a similar airship, the Hindenburg, burned at Lakehurst.

Mr. Lust went on to run a lumber-supply company and was active with the Navy Lakehurst Historical Society.

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