Milestones, Apr. 3, 1978

DIED. Karl Wallenda, 73, spectacular circus aerialist who lost a high-wire gamble after more than 50 years in the business (see NATION).

DIED. Malvina Reynolds, 77, spirited folk singer and protest songwriter whose gently satirical tune Little Boxes brought "ticky tacky" into the language in the early 1960s ("Little boxes on the hillside, / Little boxes made of ticky tacky"); of kidney disease; in Berkeley. Calif. A self-described "working-class woman" with a Ph.D. in philology and folklore, Reynolds found callings in journalism, socialism and teaching before writing songs for folkie friends Pete Seeger...

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