Jose "Pepin" Bello, a Spanish intellectual who influenced painter Salvador Dali, film director Luis Bunuel and poet Federico Garcia Lorca, died Friday (Jan. 11, 2008). He was 103. Mr. Bello died in his sleep of old age at his Madrid home. In 2004, Mr. Bello was awarded the Gold Medal of Fine Arts by the Spanish government. He was also the subject of several documentaries and books. Mr. Bello was known to be the last living representative of the cultural movement known as the Generation of 1927. Despite his influence over some of the country's best known cultural figures, he produced few literary or art works himself.
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Carl N. Karcher, the founder of the Carl's Jr. hamburger chain, died Friday (Jan. 11, 2008). He was 90. Mr. Karcher suffered from Parkinson's disease and was being treated for pneumonia in Fullerton, Calif. Mr. Karcher, who was a bread-truck driver before getting into the fast-food business, opened the first Carl's Jr. in 1956. Today, Carl's Jr. has more than 1,000 locations across the West.
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Andres Henestrosa, a Zapotec Indian writer and poet who defended and promoted his native language in Mexico, died Thursday (Jan. 10, 2008). He was 101. He died in his Mexico City home after a months long battle with pneumonia. Mr. Henestrosa, who didn't learn Spanish until he was 15 years old, wrote a Zapotec-Spanish dictionary in 1936. He was also elected to Mexico's Congress and Senate.