Milestones: Nov. 2, 1981

DIED. Bill Muncey, 52, dean of the hydroplane superstars; of a severed spinal cord suffered in a crash during championship competition; in Acapulco, Mexico. In three decades of competition, Muncey thunderballed to more victories (61), championships (seven) and Gold Cups (eight) than any other competitor who raced unlimited hydroplanes at 200 m.p.h. or better. A survivor of countless crashes, Muncey said in 1979: "Anything less than death is a minor accident."

DIED. Mary Coyle Chase, 74, a Colorado-born playwright and mother of three sons who wrote the 1945 Pulitzer-prizewinning play Harvey, an enchanting...

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