Milestones: Jun. 8, 1962

Died. Jesse Crawford, 66, paragon of U.S. theater organists, who rose from cornetist in a Seattle orphanage to the gilded consoles of the movie palaces' mightiest Wurlitzers without formal keyboard training, earned as much as $150,000 a year as the brilliantined virtuoso of the treacle-to-thunder style he called "the violets and Wagner stuff"; of a heart attack; in Sherman Oaks, Calif.

Died. Demaree Caughey Bess, 68, associate editor of the Saturday Evening Post and Far Eastern expert who, at the time of the Hitler-Stalin pact in 1939, reported that Stalin not only expected war...

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