In Memoriam -- Sept. to Dec. 2005

"The moguls of the record industry must be made to understand the harm they are inflicting on our children. It's a poison that's affecting all of us. And we can stop it."

Oct. 9, 2005

Nipsey Russell, 80 -- Comedian who appeared in "Car 54, Where Are You?" and "The Wiz."

Jerry Juhl, 67 -- Head writer for "The Muppet Show," who also wrote for "Fraggle Rock" and "Sesame Street."

"We've had total freedom. You can sit down and type almost any insane fantasy you can think of on paper and there are people standing by to do it."

August Wilson, 60 -- Playwright who chronicled the African-American experience is a series of 10 award-winning plays.

"Writing is like walking through this landscape of the self: You discover your demons aren't as big as they used to be."

Oct. 2, 2005

Don Adams, 82 -- Actor who starred in "Get Smart."

"I was the character. I became the character."

M. Scott Peck, 69 -- Self-help author whose book "The Road Less Traveled" spent more than 13 years on the best-seller list.

"The current message of our culture is that we're here to be happy and fulfilled. I think that the meaning of life is that we're here to learn."

Constance Baker Motley, 84 -- Civil rights lawyer who was the first African-American woman appointed as a federal judge.

"We plan to, in all pending cases, ask the court for orders immediately desegregating all of the schools."

Sept. 25, 2005

Simon Wiesenthal, 96 -- Holocaust survivor who dedicated his life to tracking down Nazi war criminals.

"Who was involved in the Holocaust has not the right to die in peace. Then, we cannot give this message for the future -- that the millions died for nothing."

Molly Yard, 93 -- Feminist who led the National Organization for Women during the fight over Supreme Court nominee Robert Bork.

"He [Bork] is a Neanderthal. He's a total extremist and doesn't deserve to be on the court."

Sandra Feldman, 65 -- Educator and union leader who advocated for better public schools as president of the American Federation of Teachers.

"It's the problem of poor children in America going to a very different school system from middle-class children. It's the problem of urban systems not having the same resources as suburban systems."

Sept. 18, 2005

Robert Wise, 91 -- Filmmaker who won four Academy Awards for his work as a producer and director.

Joseph Smitherman, 75 -- Former mayor of Selma, Ala., who advocated segregation, but later supported civil rights.

"I opposed the march. I opposed all their marches. I opposed their right to vote. But I was wrong."

Chris Schenkel, 82 -- Sportscaster who spent 30 years broadcasting for ABC Sports.

Sept. 11, 2005

Eugenia Charles, 86 -- Former prime minister of Dominica who was criticized for supporting the U.S. invasion of Grenada.

"I think we are all very horrified by the events that took place recently in Grenada."

Bob Denver, 70 -- Actor who starred as the bearded beatnik, Maynard G. Krebs, in "The Many Loves of Dobie Gillis" and as the hapless castaway Gilligan on "Gilligan's Island."

Daniel Ruge, 88 -- Former White House physician who directed the medical team that treated President Reagan after he was shot in 1981.

"I think the public should know that the president is in good health, that he is able to govern."

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