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Milestones, Nov. 27, 1972

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Born. To Emerson Boozer, 29, hard-charging halfback of the New York Jets and leading touchdown scorer in the N.F.L. this season (13 in the first nine games), and Enez Boozer, 30; their first child, a daughter; in Huntington, Long Island. Name: Keva.

Married. David Steinberg, 32, well-traveled guest host of TV talk and variety shows, and a caustic, cerebral comic whose free rendering of Bible stories helped bounce the Smothers brothers from CBS; and Judy Marcione, 30, associate TV producer; he for the first time, she for the second; in Manhattan.

Married. Ken Venturi, 41, U.S. Open golf champion in 1964, now the pro at a Palm Springs, Calif., country club; and Beau Wheat, 38, restaurant hostess; both for the second time; in Cathedral City, Calif., where Frank Sinatra, after giving away the bride, hosted a celebrity-studded reception.

Died. Margaret Webster, 67, Shakespearean director and last member of one of Britain’s most famous theatrical families; of cancer; in London. Descended from a 19th century clan of classical actors and the daughter of Ben Webster and Dame May Whitty, Webster served her own apprenticeship as a performer on the London stage during the ’20s. She found her métier, however, as a Broadway director more than a decade later, and her major triumphs of the ’30s and ’40s (Richard II, Hamlet, Twelfth Night) made Shakespeare a New York box office success.

Died. Charles Litton, 68, electronics engineer who in 1932 founded—in his California garage—a microwave-tube company that later formed the nucleus of the Litton Industries conglomerate; of heart disease; in Carson City, Nev. After his original company grew to annual sales of $3,000,000 and became a rival to established electronic firms in the East, Litton sold his interests for $1,000,000 in 1953 to Entrepreneur Charles B. (“Tex”) Thornton. While keeping the Litton name, Thornton transformed the company into a versatile giant which in 1971 had sales of over $2 billion.

Died. Martin Dies, 71, progenitor of the old House Un-American Activities Committee and chairman during its first six stormy years; of an apparent heart attack; in Lufkin, Texas. A burly Texan first elected to Congress in 1930, Dies won approval for the creation of HUAC in 1938 to “investigate subversion and un-American propaganda.” In tempestuous, headline-making public hearings, Dies attacked all manner of supposed subversives, including Communists, fascists, atheists, advocates of nudism, and New Dealers, whom he characterized as “an army of radical associates and crackpots.” Dies’ inquisitorial style set a pattern that the committee followed for years and that Joseph McCarthy adopted in the Senate. But Dies himself declined to run for a seventh term in 1944 because of ill health and strong opposition from organized labor. When he returned in 1953, he was unable to regain either the chairmanship of his committee or his former influence.

Died. Rudolf Friml, 92, prolific composer king of schmalzy, popular light opera in the 1920s (The Vagabond King, Rose-Marie, The Three Musketeers); in Hollywood. Trained in Prague as a classical pianist and composer, Friml moved to the U.S. in 1906 and within six years had written his first Broadway operetta. A master of the improbably plotted, swashbuckling romance, he eventually composed 30 major works that included a string of hit songs (Indian Love Call, Donkey Serenade). When Broadway tastes changed, Friml tried adapting his work to film, but with little success.

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