Barbara Taylor - Washington Journalist, Bluegrass Supporter - November 2000

Barbara Taylor, longtime friend of bluegrass music in the Washington, DC area and mother of Leigh Taylor formerly of Patent Pending, died of cancer in her home in Arlington, Virginia. Barbara was an assistant managing editor at the Washington Times and has been a Washington journalist since 1967.

Frank R. Getlein Dies; Evening Star Art Critic May 7, 2000

Frank R. Getlein, 79, a noted art critic with the old Washington Evening Star newspaper and the author of more than 30 books on topics ranging from contemporary culture to the painter Mary Cassatt, died of cancer May 7 at his home in Alexandria.

Mr. Getlein worked at the Star from 1961 to 1976. Although he was primarily an art critic, he also wrote about film, the theater, books, politics and life in America in general. From 1959 to 1968, he was the art critic for The New Republic magazine, and over the years he wrote for numerous other magazines.

He had a reputation for commentary that was both caustic and good- humored. A case in point was his 1971 book "Playing Soldier," …

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Editorial Cartoonist Gibson Crockett; February 18, 2000 Drew for Washington Evening Star

Gibson Crockett, 88, a longtime political cartoonist for the Washington Star who was known to use humor and kindness to satirize the events of his time, died of heart ailments Feb. 18 at Montgomery General Hospital. He lived in Rockville.

Mr. Crockett, a native of Kingsport, Tenn., sought to improve his self-taught drawing skills when he joined the Washington Evening Star in 1933 as an apprentice to cartoonist James Berryman.

After working as a sports cartoonist, Mr. Crockett began producing illustrations for the editorial page in 1948, alternating days with Berryman. He became the page's sole cartoonist when Berryman retired in 1965.

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Theodore W. Noyes; January 26, 1858 - July 4, 1946, Editor in chief of the Star for thirty-eight years

Theodore W. Noyes followed in his father's footsteps. As the successor to Crosby Noyes in the editor's chair at the Washington Evening Star, Theodore Noyes exhibited the same driving dedication to objective reporting and to the improvement and development of the nation's capital that had brought his father fame and the Star its position of dominance among Washington newspapers. Noyes was editor in chief of the Star for thirty-eight years, only two years less than his father, and had been long involved in the editorial leadership of the paper before his father died in 1908.