Former Gov. Rudy Perpich, a dentist who became Minnesota's longest-serving chief executive and was dubbed "Governor Goofy" because of some of his oddball ideas, died Thursday at 67.
The cause of death was not immediately known; the Hennepin County coroner's office said only that he died of natural causes at his home in Minnetonka.
Mr. Perpich was governor for a total of 10 years between 1976 and 1990. An immigrant Croatian miner's son who didn't speak English when he entered first grade, he was a product of the rough-and-tumble Democratic-Farmer-Labor politics of Minnesota's Iron Range.
Some of his quirkier ideas included proposing the sale of the governor's mansion. Another time, he erected a billboard in protest when he wasn't allowed to have a portrait of himself with his wife in the Capitol.
Rene Anselmo, 69, founder and chairman of PanAmSat Corp., the world's only private global satellite services company, died Wednesday of heart disease in Greenwich, Conn.
Ernest Weiss, 96, a Viennese playwright who fled Hitler's Europe in 1938 and taught in the San Francisco Bay area for more than 34 years, died Tuesday in Oakland, Calif.