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Tuesday, August 8th 1995, 9:14AM
B-movie director found dead
LOS ANGELES Life mirrored art in Los Angeles when the decomposing corpse of a missing cult-horror-film director was unearthed under the new flooring in his house.
An arrest warrant was issued for the contractor who installed the floor.
The body of Al Adamson, whose films include "Five Bloody Graves" and "Satan's Sadists," was found Wednesday, police in Indio, Calif. said yesterday.
Adamson, 66, had been missing for more than five weeks. His brother had contacted police. Police were hunting for contractor Fred Fulford, 46, who is believed to be in Florida. He had been living at Adamson's house while remodeling it.
After examining the construction work at his home, police tore up the flooring and dug up the body.
Police have not established a motive if it was a slaying or the cause of death.
The son of a film maker, Adamson made his reputation with drive-in movies in the 1960s and '70s, most of them with horror or science-fiction themes.
His best-known work was the 1971 spoof "Dracula vs. Frankenstein," the last movie made by Lon Chaney Jr.
He also directed "Hell's Bloody Devils," "Blood of Dracula's Castle," "Horror of the Blood Monsters," "The Brain of Blood," "The Naughty Stewardesses" and "Stud Brown," among many others.
Elvis Week in Memphis: It's now or never
MEMPHIS Thousands of Elvis Presley fans made their yearly pilgrimage to Memphis yesterday ahead of the 18th annual week-long commemoration of the King of Rock 'n Roll's death.
"It's Elvis, the music, the legend," said Cherrie Hughes, advertising and promotions manager for Graceland, Elvis's former home.
The event begins today and is expected to attract more than 40,000 fans from around the world.
It will culminate in a huge candlelight vigil on Aug. 16 at Presley's gravesite on the back lawn of the Graceland mansion.
Presley died on Aug. 16, 1977.
N.Y. museum artfully picks Cuban co-curator
In a case unprecedented since Cuba and the United States broke diplomatic relations 34 years ago, a Cuban art expert will work in a New York museum beginning in March.
Gerardo Mosquera, 49, considered an international authority in plastic arts, has been appointed co-curator of the New Museum of Contemporary Art of New York.
Mosquera will not leave Cuba for the new post but instead will spend eight months a year at the Manhattan museum.
"I told the museum that I did not want to break any links with my environment," he said. "I can play a role in Cuba by . . . supporting the young artists to whom I mean something."
Museum officials have not explained how they will overcome the U.S.-imposed trade embargo, which prohibits hiring Cubans who still live on the island.
"We'll see what happens," Mosquera said. "The American authorities will decide what to do with me and will find a legal way."
Italian tenor returns with injured foot, breaks leg
MACERATA, Italy An Italian tenor, shot in the left foot during an execution scene in last week's opening night of the opera "Tosca," hobbled back to the stage and broke his right leg.
Organizers at the summer festival in eastern Italy said tenor Fabio Armiliato lost his balance while leaning on a crutch off-stage after the first act Friday.
He broke his right leg in two places and went back to the hospital in an ambulance.
. . . While Hurley joins Grant in Who's Who
LONDON British actress Elizabeth Hurley yesterday joined boyfriend Hugh Grant in "International Who's Who."
Richard Fitzwilliams, editor of the directory, said he included Hurley for her new modeling contract with cosmetics firm Estee Lauder.
"She has also been included because of her influence on fashion you remember THAT dress and because she is an accomplished actress," he said.
¡Viva Al Nye the Lawyer Guy!
In Maine, he is known simply as Al Nye the Lawyer Guy. But in Cuba, he will forever be remembered as "el abogado norteamericano Al Nye." With a few brief remarks on his blog last week, Portland, Maine, family lawyer, Rotary Club member and Red Sox fan Alan R. Nye became a hero of the Cuban government.
It all came to pass after a Maine court last week found the Republic of Cuba responsible for the wrongful death of an American believed to have been shot down while on a covert mission over the island in 1963. Waldo County Superior Court Judge Jeffrey Hjelm awarded the man's daughter damages of $21 million plus interest.
Nye wrote about the award on his blog, calling it "amazing." "I’ve been a lawyer for nearly 30 years and have never heard of a lawsuit such as this being successful," he said. "A citizen of Maine filing a suit in state court against a foreign country for an incident that happened over 25 years ago." He also said he did not "fully understand the basis of the damages."
Nye's was not the only blog to discuss the award. Also covering it was CubaDebate, an official Cuban government blog. According to a translation published on the Miami Herald blog Cuban Colada, CubaDebate called the court ruling "unprecedented" and said, "It wouldn't have happened if it weren't a lawsuit against Cuba in a U.S. courtroom, where evidence is not necessary. ... All the judge needed were rumors and prejudices to condemn the island and award a fortune to the plaintiff."
As evidence of the outrageousness of the award, CubaDebate published a separate post highlighting Nye's comments. Identifying him as "el abogado norteamericano Al Nye," CubaDebate noted Nye's description of the award as "amazing" and his comment that never in his nearly 30 years of practice had he seen anything like it. The Cuban blog even featured a picture of Nye's blog.
I hope Nye at least gets a good cigar out of all this. Of course, it can't come from Cuba.Posted by Robert J. Ambrogi on August 26, 2009 at 11:59 AM |
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