WATKINS GLEN, N.Y. (AP) _ Cameron Argetsinger, who started the road-racing tradition at Watkins Glen 60 years ago and helped lure Formula 1 to race there for two decades, has died. He was 87.
Argetsinger, a local lawyer who also served as president of the International Motor Racing Research Center for five years, died Tuesday at his Seneca Lake home in Burdett, N.Y., said Glenda Gephart, director of communications at the research center.
Inspired by his love of fast automobiles and the natural beauty of the Finger Lakes, Argetsinger, an early member of the Sports Car Club of America, proposed an amateur road race called the Watkins Glen Grand Prix to the local chamber of commerce in 1948.
The chamber liked the idea, and Argetsinger selected a 6.6-mile course using mostly paved roads with a short dirt and gravel stretch, and obtained sanction for the inaugural event. In that first race, he drove his MG-TC to a ninth-place finish and remained active as a driver through 1960.
Argetsinger, a native of Youngstown, Ohio, brought full international races to Watkins Glen in 1958 and in 1961 the inaugural U.S. Grand Prix was run.
The course is now a regular stop on NASCAR's top circuit.
A strong voice for international and professional road racing during a period in the 1950s and early 1960s, Argetsinger received the Grand Prix Drivers Association award for the best-organized Grand Prix in the world.
After leaving Watkins Glen in 1970, he was executive vice president of Chaparral Cars and served as director of professional racing and executive director for SCCA from 1971-77. He also served as commissioner of the International Motor Sport Association from 1986-92.
BOSTON (AP) _ Cecilia Colledge, an innovative figure skater who was the youngest athlete to compete in the Winter Olympics, has died. She was 87.
Colledge died April 12 at Mount Auburn Hospital in Cambridge, Mass., said Ben Wright, vice president of The Skating Club of Boston where Colledge was a teacher for nearly four decades.
Colledge was 11 years and 3 months old when she competed for her native Britain in the 1932 Winter Olympics in Lake Placid, N.Y.
She won a silver medal at the 1936 Olympics in Germany, second to Sonja Henie.
She was world champion in 1937, British champion five times and European champion on three occasions.
Colledge was the first woman to execute a double jump (a salchow) and is credited with inventing the camel and layback spins and the one-foot axel jump.
She moved to the United States to coach and was a full-time teacher at The Skating Club of Boston from 1952 until 1977, and continued coaching part-time until 1990, Wright said.
She was inducted into the World Figure Skating Hall of Fame in 1980.
MESA, Ariz. (AP) _ Darell Garretson, the longtime NBA referee who also directed the league's officiating staff, has died. He was 76.
The National Basketball Referees Association said Wednesday that Garretson died Monday at his Mesa home. The union said Garretson's health had been in decline following surgery and various illnesses.
"We are saddened by the passing of Darell Garretson," NBA commissioner David Stern said. "Darell was a man of extraordinary character, who touched many lives during his 31-year tenure as an NBA official and supervisor of officials.
Garretson began his career as an NBA referee in 1967. In 1981, he became the NBA Chief of Officiating Staff, while remaining an active referee. He held both jobs for 13 seasons and retired from the supervisor position in 1998.
One of his sons, Ron Garretson, is a current NBA referee.
KEENE, N.H. (AP) _ Kate Phillips, who had mostly supporting roles in more than 50 films during the 1930s and '40s and co-wrote the 1958 cult movie, "The Blob," has died, said her son, Bill. She was 94.
Phillips, who died Friday at Cheshire Medical Center, went by the name of Kay Linaker. She had small parts in a number of popular films, such as "Drums Along the Mohawk," ”Blood and Sand," ”Laura," and a number of the "Charlie Chan" detective movies.
One of her more notable roles was a rich society matron who marries Ginger Rogers' ex-husband in the 1940 film, "Kitty Foyle." She visits an upscale department store with her young son and is waited on by the working-class Rogers, not knowing the two of them have something in common. Rogers won an Oscar for her performance.
Every year on Phillips' birthday, she would do something she had never done before, Bill Phillips said. When she turned 85, she went skydiving.
Phillips retired from filming movies during World War II, later turning to screenwriting for film and television. She married writer-turned-television executive Howard Phillips.
LOUISVILLE, Ky. (AP) _ Harry Ulinski, a former Washington Redskins football player, has died. He was 83.
He died Sunday in Louisville, said University of Kentucky spokesman Tony Neely. The statement didn't include the cause of death.
Ulinski also played college ball for the school as a center and linebacker from 1946-49 under coach Bear Bryant. He appeared in the school's first bowl game, the 1947 Great Lakes Bowl.
He spent six years in the 1950s with the Redskins, including making the Pro Bowl one year.
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