Milestones: Aug. 31, 1970

Died. Beniamino Bufano, 72, San Francisco sculptor and eccentric; of a heart attack; in San Francisco. As contentious as he was tiny (5 ft., 120 lbs.), Bufano was always in rebellion against something. During World War I he went so far as to send his self-severed trigger finger to President Wilson as a protest against war. His art was stable: colossal statues, with sweeping elliptical lines, were done in stone and metal. His themes ranged from a black cat named Tombstone to the soaring Peace at San Francisco's airport; but his favorite was St....

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