Bill E. Burk

MEMPHIS, Tenn. (AP) Bill E. Burk, author and former Memphis newsman who covered the last 20 years of Elvis Presley's life, has died. He was 75.

He died Thursday in Memphis after a heart attack, said his wife, Connie.

Burk was a columnist for the former Memphis Press-Scimitar until it closed in 1983 and wrote roughly 400 stories and columns about Presley.

He also published 13 books about the singer and the quarterly "Elvis World" magazine. His wife said the latest issue came out in February and will likely be the last.

Burk lived so close to Graceland, Elvis' Memphis mansion, that he would sometimes be invited over, and Presley would visit Burk's home.

His writing even earned him a tourism award from the Memphis Convention and Visitors Bureau in 1980, and he was twice named United Press International Columnist of the Year in Tennessee.

Tristram Cary

CANBERRA, Australia (AP) Tristram Cary, a pioneer of electronic music who helped design one of the first portable synthesizers, has died. He was 82.

Cary died in the Royal Adelaide Hospital last Thursday from surgery complications, said Stephen Whittington, head of music technology studies at Adelaide's Elder Conservatorium of Music.

Cary was a co-designer of the VCS3 (Putney) portable synthesizer, which was embraced by London's musical avant-garde in the psychedelic 1960s.

Created in 1969, the technology was taken to new heights in the 1970s by such artists as Pink Floyd, The Who, Roxy Music and Brian Eno.

Cary was born into a creative family in Oxford, England, on May 14, 1925. He was the third son of prominent Irish-born novelist Joyce Cary and amateur musician Gertrude Cary.

Cary began tinkering with electronic music as a Royal Navy radar officer during World War II and invested heavily in a glut of electronic equipment that flooded the civilian market after the war.

He founded the electronic music studio at London's Royal College of Music in 1967 and, seven years later, migrated to Australia to establish a similar studio at the University of Adelaide's Elder Conservatorium of Music.

He also composed scores for the British TVs series "Dr. Who" and TV dramas "Jane Eyre" and "Madame Bovary" in the 1960s, as well as music for Disney and Hammer Films movies during the 1950s and 1960s.

Yossi Harel

JERUSALEM (AP) Yossi Harel, the ship commander whose attempt to take Holocaust survivors to Palestine aboard the Exodus 1947 built support for Israel's founding, has died. He was 90.

He died Saturday of cardiac arrest at his Tel Aviv home, his daughter said.

Harel commanded four expeditions that took thousands of refugees to the shores of Palestine, his daughter said. But the best known was that of the Exodus 1947, a ship that left France in July 1947 carrying more than 4,500 people mostly Holocaust survivors and other displaced Jews in a secret effort to reach Palestine.

At the time, Britain controlled Palestine and was attempting to limit the immigration of Jews.

The British Royal Navy seized the vessel off Palestine's shores, and after a battle on board that left three people dead turned the ship and its passengers back to Europe, where the refugees were forced to disembark in Germany.

The ship's ordeal was widely reported worldwide, garnering sympathy for the refugees, especially because they were taken to Germany.

It inspired a fictionalized account by American writer Leon Uris and a classic 1960 film directed by Otto Preminger and starring Paul Newman.

Paul W. Sierer

ASHLAND, Ky. (AP) Paul W. Sierer, a longtime journalist who served as editor of The Daily Independent from 1980 to 1989, has died. He was 81.

Sierer died died Saturday morning, The Independent reported.

Sierer spent most of his career at The Independent, rising through the ranks from news reporter to editor. He began working at the newspaper in 1953, was appointed city editor in 1960 and became managing editor in 1965.

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