Milestones Feb. 19, 1996

DIED. JOHN TESTRAKE, 68, pilot; of cancer; in St. Joseph, Missouri. Testrake was the captain of the TWA jet hijacked to Beirut in 1985. Footage of him amiably chatting with reporters from his cockpit while a gun-toting terrorist hovered about him captured the absurd horror of the 17-day ordeal.

DIED. AUDREY MEADOWS, 71, actress; of lung cancer; in Los Angeles. She began her career as a soprano, playing Carnegie Hall and Broadway. And then, in 1952, she became Alice on The Honeymooners. Meadows and co-star Jackie Gleason (who died in 1987) were a study in the metaphysics of comedy, a working-class...

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