Comedian David Brenner, Georgian Bo Callaway Die; Florida's Reubin Askew to Lie in State

Reubin Askew pictured here when he was Florida governor in the 1970s. Askew died Thursday, March 13. Askew, a Pensacola native, went from relative obscurity in 1970 to grab the Democratic nod for governor and went on to an upset victory in the November 1970 general election. He served 8 years as Florida governor and was still widely popular when he left office in 1979.
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LOS ANGELES (AP) -- The gangly, toothy-grinned "Tonight Show" favorite whose brand of observational comedy became a staple for other standups, including Jerry Seinfeld and Paul Reiser, has died. David Brenner was 78.
Friend and publicist Jeff Abraham says Brenner, who had been fighting cancer, died peacefully at his home in New York City today with his family at his side.
Comedian Richard Lewis said in a statement that "David Brenner was a huge star when I met him and he took me under his wing. To me, historically, he was the godfather of hip, observational comedy." Lewis goes on the say "He mentored me from day one. ... His passing leaves a hole in my life that can never be replaced."
The lanky, always sharply dressed Brenner became one of the most frequent visitors to Johnny Carson's "Tonight" in the 1970s and `80s.
His 150-plus appearances as guest and substitute host turned the former documentary filmmaker into a hot comedian, one who was ubiquitous on other talk shows and game shows.
He also briefly hosted his own syndicated talk show in 1987 and starred in four HBO specials.

ATLANTA (AP) -- Howard "Bo" Callaway Sr., a former Georgia congressman, Army secretary and one of the founders of Callaway Gardens, has died. He was 86.
Rachel Crumbley, a Callaway Gardens spokeswoman, says Callaway died Saturday from complications from a brain hemorrhage he suffered about two years ago. She says he died at an assisted-living facility in Columbus.
Callaway's son says in a statement that while his father's spirit will live on in his love of and vision for Callaway Gardens.
Callaway was elected to Congress in 1964, becoming the first Republican congressman from Georgia since Reconstruction. He ran for governor two years later but lost.
In 1973, he was appointed Secretary of the Army. From 1981 until 1987 he was chairman of the Colorado Republican Party.

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (AP) -- The body of the late Gov. Reubin Askew will lie in state at the old Capitol as part of a series of memorials.
Askew, who served as governor from 1971 to 1979, died Thursday.
Askew will lie in state next Tuesday. Top state officials, including Gov. Rick Scott, are scheduled to be on hand.
A memorial service is scheduled at a Tallahassee church on Wednesday.
Askew will be buried with full military honors on Friday in Pensacola. He moved there when he was eight and represented the community when he was in the Legislature.
Askew rose from obscurity to become the Democrats' surprise gubernatorial nominee in 1970. His eight years in office coincided with the end of the Vietnam War, Watergate and dramatic social change across the nation.