RAPHAEL LEVY, 86, a writer and publicity agent who played a major role in mobilizing American Jewish support for Israel in its early days, died Friday at his home in Hastings-on-Hudson, N.Y. The cause was prostate cancer, his family said. He wrote and produced three films documenting the migration of Jewish refugees to Israel after World War II. Two in particular, A Day of Deliverance, released in 1948, and Children of the Exodus, made in 1967, were shown repeatedly at dinners and rallies to raise money, and occasionally on television.
ROGER GRIMSBY, the acerbic half of the New York area's Eyewitness News TV anchor team that made "happy talk" a successful news format, died Friday of lung cancer. He was 66. Mr. Grimsby's 40-year news career included on-air stints in San Francisco and San Diego, as well as 20 years in New York. Despite the happy-talk label associated with his name, his style was anything but. His delivery was laconic, almost deadpan. "His style was spare. . . . His sense of humor very dry. His sense of tragedy very well developed and his feeling for words extraordinary," former co-anchor Bill Beutel said. Mr. Grimsby's on-air feuds with fellow Eyewitness News team members, including Howard Cosell, Geraldo Rivera and gossip reporter Rona Barrett, whom he openly called "Rona Rooter," were legendary. He once segued into a Barrett report after a story about trash by saying, "Speaking of garbage." He is survived by his wife, Maria, and a daughter, Karen.
JOSEPH M. SUGAR, 73, a movie executive who developed new techniques of film distribution, died at his home in Palm Springs, Calif., last Saturday. The cause of death was a heart attack, according to a business associate. As vice president for domestic distribution at 20th Century Fox from 1962 to 1967, he popularized the sale of reserved seats to movies, which was known as the road show technique. This system had been used for some small movies but Mr. Sugar established it as a pattern for major studios with the successful road show release of The Sound of Music, Those Magnificent Men and Their Flying Machines and Hello Dolly.
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