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ENTERTAINMENT: Longtime actress of Law and Order will be turning in her badge

compiled from staff and wire reports

S. Epatha Merkerson is leaving Law and Order, according to reports out of Hollywood.  Merkerson, who has appeared on the NBC series longer than any other cast member, since 1993 or 375 episodes as Lieutenant Anita Van Buren, has asked to be released after this season.

S. Epatha Merkerson (nbc)

Sharon Epatha Merkerson was born on November 28, 1952 in Saginaw, Michigan, she is 57. She is a graduate of Wayne State University in Detroit.

There has been no decision on next season for Law and Order, which if it happens, would be a record-setting 21st season, is still being discussed by NBC as it is in negotiations with TNT to continue showing reruns of the drama in syndication.

ENTERTAINMENT: ‘I Spy’ star Robert Culp, dies at 79

compiled by megasportsnews.com staff

Robert Culp, who played former tennis star-turned-secret agent Kelly Robinson while teamming with Bill Cosby as Alexander Scott in the TV series “I Spy” and was Bob in the sex comedy “Bob, Carol, Ted & Alice, died earlier this week after collapsing outside his Hollywood home, he was 79.

Culp’s manager Hilliard Elkins said the actor was on a walk when he fell. He was taken to a hospital and pronounced dead just before noon Pacific Time.

“I Spy”  greatly advanced the careers of Robert Culp and Bill Cosby. They became famous and household names in Hollywood and became lifelong friends. Bill Cosby has said over the years during interviews that Culp was like an older brother to him. “As an actor, he always was there to teach me and protect me,” Cosby said.

‘I Spy” aired from 1965 to 1968 and was a television groundbreaking show with its combination of humor and adventure which broke new barriers.  It was the first integrated show to feature a black actor in a starring role.

Actor Robert Culp (creative commons/wfe photo)

As mentioned before, Robert Culp played Kelly Robinson, a spy whose cover was as a touring tennis player. Unknown to most people, in real life Culp actually was a top-notch tennis player who showed his skills in numerous celebrity tournaments. Cosby was his co-hort and fellow spy Alexander Scott, whose character cover was as Culp’s trainer. The duo traveled the world in the secret service of the United States government.

Eventhough Culp was the more polished actor, it was Cosby who won Emmy’s for the leading role actor all three years that “I Spy” aired.

After years of discussion and planning, Culp and Cosby teammed up in 1994 for a two-hour CBS movie, “I Spy Returns.”

Robert Martin Culp was born in 1930 in Oakland, California and is survived by his wife, Candace Culp and five children.

CAMP FAIR coming Saturday March 27

Courtesy of Columbus Recreation and Parks

The Columbus Recreation and Parks, 100 years and still growing, will be holding a Camp Fair this Saturday March 27 at the Franklin Park Adventure Center.

You can visit camp and information tables from 9 a.m. – 10:30 a.m. and registration from 11:00 a.m. – 1 p.m.

For more information, please contact the Columbus Recreation and Parks at (614) 645-7000.

ENTERTAINMENT: Saturday is Huntington Hat Night at Nationwide Arena

Courtesy of the Columbus Blue Jackets

Huntington presents Hat Night at Nationwide Arena when the Blue Jackets host the New York Islanders on Saturday, May 27 at 7 p.m. All fans in attendance will receive a Blue Jackets hat courtesy of  Huntington. Tickets starting at $20.00 are available at Ticketmaster and www.BlueJackets.com.

Rick Nash leads Columbus against New York (cbj)

In addition, a minimum of 250 Huntington Green Seats are available for just $10.00 at the Nationwide Arena Ticket Office starting at 5 p.m.

Big Band Disc Jockey Johnny Martin dies at 87

WRFD (88O AM) listeners lost an old friend last week. Johnny Martin, whose morning show was a fixture in Central Ohio during the 50′s and 60′s, died at 87 in Ashland, Ohio.

Martin worked at WRFD from 1957 to 1970. His morning show, “JM in the AM”, was mixture of farm news and big-band music he was fond of.

After leaving WRFD, Martin worked for the Ohio Farm Bureau and the Ohio State Fair. Occasionally, he would do special features for the WRFD Farm Department when Joe Cornely was Farm Director. Mega Sports News creator Stuart Mason remembers him well. “When I was the morning announcer on WRFD from 1993-1996, Johnny would come into the station a few times a month to record special features with the farm department. At that time, the farm department had a big staff of Joe Cornely, Gary Jackson, Valerie Parks and Heather McConnell and Johnny would talk about old times in the farming industry and how things had changed over the years.” Mason continues,”Johnny would always compliment all of the air staff on a job well done. He would also bring baked goods with him to give to the staff. He was truly a nice man.”

When WRFD changed formats several years ago, they gave Martin a collection of thousands of 78-rpm albums which he maintained for years.

Johnny Martin was born in Wilkes Barre, Pa., and served in World War II. He was married for 60 years to his wife, Imi, whp preceded him in death.

Martin is survived by a daughter, Sandy Pifer; a son, John, of Sandusky, Ohio and five grandchildren.

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