Felix JacksonWriter and producerWOODLAND HILLS, Calif. --...


Felix Jackson

Writer and producer

WOODLAND HILLS, Calif. -- Felix Jackson, 90, a movie and television writer and producer, died of congestive heart failure Dec. 4 at the Motion Picture and Television Hospital here.

He wrote the screenplays of several classic films for Universal Pictures and MGM, including "Destry Rides Again" (1939), "Appointment for Love" (1941) and "Back Street" (1941).

His credits as a film producer include "His Butler's Sister" (1943) and "Lady on a Train" (1945).

Many of his films starred Deanna Durbin, who was briefly married to Mr. Jackson. They divorced in 1949.

A native of Germany, Mr. Jackson was a composer, playwright and drama critic in Berlin before fleeing the Nazis in the 1930s. His play "How Do I Become Rich and Happy?" is currently in production in Germany.

In the late 1940s, Mr. Jackson left motion pictures to become a television writer and producer of shows including "Pulitzer Prize Playhouse," "Schlitz Playhouse of Stars" and "The Third Man." He is best known as the producer of "Studio One" series for CBS, for which his first production was a highly praised dramatization of George Orwell's "Nineteen Eighty-Four."

His last full-time job was as NBC's West Coast vice president for programming. He retired in 1965.

Mr. Jackson also wrote several books, including "Secrets of the Blood," on pre-Hitler Germany, and two novels, "So Help Me God" (1955) and "Maestro" (1957).

* Allen Wallace, 39, a dance producer, public relations agent and building preservationist, died of AIDS Saturday at Cedars-Sinai Hospital in Los Angeles, where he lived. He was the founder and director of Preservation Wayne, which preserves and restores buildings in Michigan and which was honored by the National Trust for Historic Preservation. He later joined the Martha Graham Center in New York City as director of special events and projects. In 1986 he moved to the Davidson & Choi Publicity agency in Los Angeles. He also became the director of public relations for the Dance Gallery and Lewitzky Dance Company. In 1989 he co-founded the Performance Exchange International, a public relations and artists management organization.

* Peter S. West, 66, an advertising executive and conference manager, died Saturday of a stroke at the White Plains Medical Center; he was a lifelong resident of Scarsdale, N.Y. He followed in the field of his father, Paul, who was the president of the Association of National Advertisers. The son began as the advertising manager of Quantacolor, then became an account executive at the Batten, Barton, Durstine & Osborn agency. Drafted by the Boston Red Sox in 1944, he served instead in the Navy, where he toured on its boxing team. He played in national platform tennis tournaments, bowled, coached Little League teams for many years and was a board member and secretary of the Scarsdale Golf Club.

* Paul M. Sachner, 42, the executive editor of Architectural Record, died of AIDS Tuesday at John Dempsey Hospital in Farmington, Conn. The New York resident joined the Record, a national monthly professional journal, in 1984 and became executive editor in 1989. He was the steward of its annual awards for housing design and championed lesser-known American architects. He also started an awards program, In the Public Interest, to honor innovative civic architecture. Earlier, he was an program analyst for the New York State Council on the Arts and a preservation specialist for the New York City Landmarks Preservation Commission.

* Loren G. Ansley, founder of the Microtel hotel chain with rooms that were cheaper by being smaller, died Sunday in Rochester, N.Y., at age 48. He was president of Microtel Franchise and Development Corp. He came up with the idea for Microtels, hotels with rooms about half the size of conventional rooms, in 1986. He offered 12-by-9-foot rooms with a queen-size bed for between $20 and $30 a night. The company operates eight Microtels. Mr. Ansley also was president of Hudson Hotels Corp. in Rochester.

* Jim Thacker, 64, a retired WBTV sportscaster, died Tuesday of a stroke in Charlotte, N.C. He retired as the Charlotte television station's sports director in January 1981. In addition to working for the station, Mr. Thacker announced Sun Belt basketball games, NCAA basketball tournament games, ESPN college football, ACC basketball for the Metrosports Network. He was part of the CBS announcing team for the Masters golf tournament for seven years. In the early 1980s, he provided commentary for British television on the PGA Championship.

* James A. Musick, 82, a former Orange County sheriff who had turned to law enforcement after his professional football career ended, died Tuesday in Santa Ana, Calif. He was a football star at the University of Southern California, where he played on two winning Rose Bowl teams and on the 1931 championship squad. From 1932 until a knee injury ended his career in 1936, Mr. Musick played for the old Boston Redskins. In 1934 he was selected to the National Football League all-star team. During the off-season he worked as an Orange County deputy sheriff. In 1936, he began full-time with the department. Mr. Musick was sheriff from 1947 to 1975.

* Napoleon C. Bortolan, 82, a former Connecticut state senator, state representative and probate court judge, died Tuesday in Windham, Conn. He was a Democratic state representative from 1945 to 1949, when he was elected to the state Senate. He was a police and city court judge in Willimantic from 1949 to 1951 and 1955 to 1958. He served as Windham probate judge from 1958 to 1978.

* Adm. Gonzalo Rodriguez Martin-Granizo, chairman of the Spanish joint chiefs of staff, died of a stroke Wednesday at 64. Admiral Rodriguez Martin-Granizo, who had been hospitalized Tuesday, assumed the chairmanship in May 1990 after 43 years in the navy. The former captain of the destroyer "Marques de la Ensenada" spent much of his term as chairman helping the military adjust to shrinking budgets.

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