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Photojournalism Pioneer Alfred Eisenstaedt Dies at 96

Los Angeles Times

Alfred Eisenstaedt, a pioneer of modern photojournalism whose camera recorded many of the historic photographs of World War II including that of a sailor kissing a nurse in New York's Times Square to celebrate VJ-Day, has died. He was 96.

Eisenstaedt, who lived in New York City, died late Wednesday of cardiac arrest while vacationing in Massachusetts, his friend William Marks announced Thursday.

One of Life magazine's first four photographers, Eisenstaedt was working for the magazine when he took the exuberant Times Square photo. It became a Life cover, a symbol of the end of the war, and a defining moment in photojournalism.

He was perhaps best known for his candid photographs of the famous; Eisenstaedt seemed to have the talent to bring out the essence of the people he shot. To be asked by Life to allow Eisenstaedt to photograph you was, in the 1940s and 1950s particularly, the crowning confirmation of one's value as a celebrity.

"You know," said Eisenstaedt a few years ago in the German accent that never left him, "it is strange. I have photographed literally hundreds of kings, queens, presidents and personalities since the 1920s but I am not afraid of them no matter who I was shooting. When I have a camera in my hand, I do not know fear."

Manatee Making 2,000-Mile Trip Ditches His Transmitter


Chessie, the wayward manatee whose 2,000-mile journey up the East Coast has been closely tracked by biologists and the media, has quietly disappeared from the public eye after shucking his transmitter this week in Connecticut waters.

Officials now hope they can catch up with him through good old-fashioned spotting techniques.

The 10-foot, 1,200-pound manatee, named Chessie because of a similar trip he took last year from his Florida home up to Chesapeake Bay, had ventured as far north as Point Judith, R.I., before turning south last weekend.

Wednesday, however, biologists tracking him found his transmitter in the waters off New Haven, Conn., according to Linda Taylor, outreach specialist for the Chesapeake Bay Field Office of the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service.

"It means that the tracking device became entangled and, to prevent injury, it comes apart," said Taylor, who added that Chessie probably lost the transmitter Tuesday.

"We believe he's on a southward track, returning to warmer waters. That's about all we know at this point," she said. "His pattern so far has been to feed, rest, travel. It's the same old everyday routine for him."

Biologists from the Wildlife Service have returned to their home offices and are now counting on the public to keep them informed of Chessie's route.

New Orders for Durable Goods Fall Unexpectedly

The Washington Post

New orders for durable goods such as cars, computers and industrial machinery unexpectedly fell a steep 1.7 percent last month, the fifth decline in the past six months, the Commerce Department reported Thursday.

More than three-fourths of the decline came in orders received by makers of motor vehicles and parts, a drop the department indicated was exaggerated by seasonal adjustment factors that have not yet caught up with the industry's growing practice of shutting down most plants for two weeks in July.

Nevertheless, several analysts said the report signaled that the manufacturing sector is likely to remain soft for some time to come. Production and employment in that part of the economy weakened early this year when customers found unsold goods piling up and cut back orders for future deliveries.

This inventory correction, as economists call it, was the major reason that economic growth slumped in the second quarter to only a 0.5 percent annual rate from 2.7 percent in the first quarter and 4.1 percent in the final three months of last year.

With last month's decline, the level of new orders for goods that are expected to last three years of more - the definition of "durable" - was down to $156.4 billion, 5 percent below the peak of $164.5 billion in January.