Jenna Fischer, 37, is a mommy. The Office star and screenwriter husband Lee Kirk, 40, welcomed son Weston on Sept. 24. •Austin Powers star Mike Myers, 48, is now a dad. On Sept. 29 Myers’s rep announced that Myers’s wife, Kelly Tisdale, 34, gave birth to baby Spike and that their little Mini Me “is healthy, and the parents are ecstatic.”
After four months of dating, actor and director Jack Osbourne, 25, popped the question to model Lisa Stelly, 24. Stelly gushed on Twitter how “the most amazing man I’ve ever met asked me to marry him.”
When Shane Bauer, 29, first proposed to Sarah Shourd, 33, in January 2010, they were both languishing in an Iranian prison. The couple, along with Josh Fattal, 29, had been arrested on the Iraq-Iran border and charged with trespassing and spying. Back then all Bauer could offer Shourd was a ring braided from the thread of a towel. After the Iranians freed Bauer and Fattal on Sept. 21, and Bauer reunited with Shourd-whom the Iranians freed in September 2010-Bauer proposed to her again. But this time he gave her a real ring.
Tony Bennett, 85, has won 15 Grammy Awards and performed with the likes of Count Basie and Paul McCartney, 69, but he earned a No. 1 album on Billboard 200 only on Sept. 28. Not only that, with the crowning of his Duets II album, Bennett became the oldest living performer to achieve the No. 1 title, beating out Bob Dylan, who was a mere 67-year-old when his Together Through Life debuted in 2009.
In the late 1950s Wilson Greatbatch created the first practical implantable pacemaker. The inventor, who died on Sept. 27 at age 92, patented more than 325 inventions and designed everything from ways to test the health of monkeys launched into space to a long-lasting lithium battery used in surgical implants. • During World War II Lee Davenport, 95, who died in Greenwich, Conn., on Sept. 30, created a radar device that helped troops shoot down enemy planes over Italy, buzz bombs over London and Japanese planes in the Philippines.
The L.A. County Coroner’s Office determined on Sept. 30 that Taxi star Jeff Conaway’s death in May was brought on by multiple causes. Conaway long struggled with substance abuse, and his condition had been exacerbated by internal infections.
HIP-HOP PIONEER DIES
Sylvia Robinson, 75, who died on Sept. 29 in Secaucus, N.J., already had a flourishing singing career and several hits like “Love Is Strange” when she and her husband, Joseph, started producing music in the 1960s. In the late 1970s she became fascinated by young rappers on the streets and in clubs and convinced three of them, Master Gee, Big Bank Hank and Wonder Mike, to improvise a 14-minute song that became “Rapper’s Delight,” the first hip-hop single. Recorded in one take, the song cost $750 to make, went platinum and popularized a new genre of music. Robinson then went on to produce the works of Grandmaster Flash and the Furious Five and others.