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RIP: LIFE Magazine Photographer Ralph Morse

LIFEmaglogoDuring a career bursting with signature shots, Ralph Morse delivered two of these to LIFE magazine at the turn of the 1960s. In 1961, he assembled for a lively group portrait every then-NFL starting quarterback. And for the February 1962 issue, there was Morse’s iconic shot of astronaut John Glenn, part of a lengthy chronicling of the Mercury Seven.

This past weekend, at age 97, Morse passed away in Florida. From Mary Alice Miller‘s Vanity Fair tribute:

Morse was a portraitist of stars, as well, credited for a particularly tender image of Audrey Hepburn cradling her Oscar for Roman Holiday against her cheek in 1954. His pictures of Jackie Robinson dancing around the bases during the 1955 World Series, and Sugar Ray Robinson jumping rope in 1950, solidified Morse’s status as a noted sports photographer.

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Journalist Remembers the Day John Glenn’s Car Broke Down

Every Tuesday, veteran journalist and aspiring novelist Katharine Blossom Lowrie chronicles the offbeat side of Redondo Beach and environs for her local Patch site, under the column heading “Blossom Chronicles.” Today, her focus is 78-year-old retired fellow reporter Mary Ann Keating.

It’s a fun read, starting out with the recollection of how Jack Benny held Keating’s hand during an interview and moving on to some early 1960s Colorado Springs Gazette reminiscences involving Walt Disney and John Glenn (pictured):

“One Saturday afternoon, I got a call from a mechanic at one of the garages, and he was whispering, ‘John Glenn’s here! John Glenn’s here!’” she recalled.

It turned out Glenn’s car had broken down, said Keating, who had worked to develop sources all over town. “Here he had gone around the globe, but he got to Colorado Springs and his car broke down.”

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