- The Washington Times - Thursday, February 28, 2008

Richard Baer, 79, TV writer

SANTA MONICA, Calif. (AP) — Richard Baer, a prolific television writer who contributed to the hit sitcoms “Bewitched,” “That Girl” and “The Munsters,” died Feb. 22 at St. John’s Health Center from complications of a heart attack. He was 79.

Mr. Baer’s career began in the 1950s and spanned three decades. His first credit was for NBC’s “The Life of Riley” in 1953.

He wrote for some two dozen shows, ranging from a single episode of “Have Gun — Will Travel” to 34 for “Hennesey.” He received an Emmy nomination for one episode of the show, which starred Jackie Cooper as a Navy medical officer.

His final TV script was an episode of the 1980s sitcom “Who’s the Boss?”

Mr. Baer also wrote a play, “Mixed Emotions,” a comedy about the courtship of a widow and widower in New York, that ran for more than six weeks on Broadway in 1993.

Genoa Leilani Keawe, 89, Hawaiian singer

HONOLULU (AP) — Genoa Leilani Keawe, one of the most enduring and beloved voices in Hawaiian music, died Feb. 25 at her home in Papakolea. She was 89.

Known widely as Aunty Genoa, she recorded more than 20 albums and about 150 singles.

Mrs. Keawe’s life in music started in Laie, center of culture for the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints in Hawaii. She sang with the island Mormon choir and said her sister, Annie, was a great influence on her music as they sang church songs together.

She began her professional career in 1939, singing for bandstand shows in Kailua and at the Officers Club before World War II with George Hookano and his band.

Mrs. Keawe sang on the radio, and on early TV she became a regular on the “Lucky Luck Show,” hosted by Robert Luck. She also sang on the nationally broadcast “Hawaii Calls” and at several clubs and hotels on the island of Oahu.

She received many music awards and took traditional Hawaiian music across Asia, Canada, Switzerland, Brazil and many U.S. cities. She performed on a trip to Russia when she was in her 80s.

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