Ex-CBS Sports commentator Jimmy the Greek Snyder, 76, died of heart failure on April 21 at a Las Vegas hospital. Snyder, born Demetrios Synodinos, gained fame as an oddsmaker. He became an analyst for The NFL Today in 1976 but was fired in 1988 after telling an interviewer that blacks excelled in sports because they were bred for physical prowess during slavery….
Stephen Meyers, 53, cofounder of Jacoby & Meyers, the first law firm to advertise on television, died in a head-on collision involving a delivery truck on April 19 in New Fairfield, Conn. In 1972, Meyers and UCLA law school buddy Leonard Jacoby opened their first clinic, in Van Nuys, Calif….
Australian-born author P.L. Travers, creator of Mary Poppins, died at her London home on April 23 at age 96 of unrevealed causes. The first in a series of books about the remarkable nanny, famous for sliding up banisters and producing an endless supply of items from an empty carpetbag, Mary Poppins was published in 1934….
Arnold Neustadter, 85, developer of the cylindrical alphabetized card file known as the Rolodex, died on April 17 of undisclosed causes at a Manhattan hospital. Neustadter devised the Rolodex in the ’40s; nearly 10 million are sold worldwide each year.
On April 19, lawyer F. Lee Bailey, 62, was released from a Tallahassee, Fla., jail after spending 44 days there for contempt of court. He was jailed for failing to comply with a court order to hand over 400,000 shares of stock given to him by a client who pleaded guilty to drug trafficking in 1994. Bailey claimed the shares were payment, but federal prosecutors said the client was supposed to turn over the stock in a plea deal. Bailey agreed to surrender $16 million in stock and his yacht as collateral in the ongoing dispute.
Crooner Harry Connick Jr., 28, and wife Jill, 31, an ex-Victoria’s Secret model, had their first child, Georgia Tatom (6 lbs. 4 ozs.), on April 17 at a New York City area hospital.
On April 23, a Bronx jury ordered so-called subway vigilante Bernhard Goetz, 48, to pay $43 million in damages to Darrell Cabey, 30, ruling that Goetz acted recklessly when he shot Cabey twice in 1984, leaving him paralyzed. (The self-employed electronics engineer makes less than $20,000 a year.) Goetz claimed he shot Cabey and three other youths in self-defense because he felt threatened when they asked him for money. Goetz was acquitted of attempted murder in a 1987 criminal trial.
Golf commentator Ben Wright, 63, checked into an alcohol rehabilitation program at the Betty Ford Center in Rancho Mirage, Calif., during the week of April 1. On Jan. 9, Wright was suspended by CBS after allegedly making disparaging remarks about women golfers and lesbians during a 1995 interview.