Metro Detroit: Newsmakers April 27, 2007




Detroit Free Press:

Lawson Deming, who portrayed campy Detroit TV vampire Sir Graves Ghastly, surrendered to the Grim Reaper on Tuesday night at his Ohio home. His demise -- he was believed to be 94 -- was reported by Keith Milford, gravemaster of The site seems destined to keep Deming's bad jokes -- "What's the favorite meal of sea monsters? Fish and ships" -- alive indefinitely. His passing marks another nail in the coffin of the period when local TV stations used kitschy, over-the-top horror movie hosts to entertain kids on Saturday afternoons... TV host Sir Graves is dead (Fri, 4/27)

Detroit News:

Sir Graves Ghastly made Saturday afternoons fun. With the perfect mix of camp and kook, he frightened and delighted thousands of Metro Detroit kids once every weekend for 15 years. But the playful vampire couldn't resist the Grim Reaper forever. Lawson Deming -- the actor who played local TV legend Sir Graves Ghastly -- died in his Cleveland home of congestive heart failure Tuesday, one day after his 94th birthday, his son David Deming says... TV legend Sir Graves Ghastly dies at 94 (Fri, 4/27)

Ann Arbor News:

For nearly 55 years, Ted Heusel talked to listeners over the airwaves, even once broadcasting from his bed after he'd broken his ankle. "He always worked,'' said his wife, Nancy. "He always did his radio programs.'' Theodore Heusel died at home around 1 a.m. today, after seven years battling colon cancer. He was 86. Heusel had been broadcasting on various Ann Arbor area radio stations since 1948, when he started as a part-time DJ at WPAG while at graduate school at the University of Michigan. In 1952, he accepted a job as a full-time radio broadcaster. He also worked for radio station WOIA, moving to WAAM nearly 25 years ago, coming back after his show was once axed and moving from a weekday show to Saturday after his health deteriorated... Ted Heusel made state's hall of fame (Fri, 4/27)

Nominations sought for cancer survivors salute

Soft Rock WMGC-FM 105.1 and the Barbara Ann Karmanos Cancer Center will present the 2007 National Cancer Survivors Salute from 5 – 7 p.m., Sunday, June 3 at the Sheraton Detroit in Novi, honoring fifty metropolitan Detroit cancer survivors. The event, hosted by Cyndy Canty from The Magic Morning Show, will include appetizers, music, door prizes, a cash bar and an auction to help raise money for cancer research.

Currently, Magic 105.1 and the Barbara Ann Karmanos Cancer are seeking nominations of cancer survivors who face each day with courage and dignity in their fight against cancer and serve as an inspiration to all of us. Each nomination should include why this person is being nominated and include the nominee and nominator’s full name, address and phone number. Full details on the Magic 105.1 and the Barbara Ann Karmanos Cancer Center 2007 National Cancer Survivors Salute can be found at







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