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Steve Clements, ‘Kotter’ Writer, ‘Mickey Mouse Club’ Producer, Dies at 68

17 October 2013 6:32 PM, PDT | Variety - TV News | See recent Variety - TV News news »

Steve Clements, a writer and executive producer for television with credits including “The All New Mickey Mouse Club,” “Welcome Back, Kotter” and “Three’s Company,” died Oct. 2 in Atlanta of natural causes. He was 68.

The New York native spent more that 40 years training, writing, directing and producing in all aspects of performance and national network television, most recently in Atlanta.

Clements was a writer for “Welcome Back, Kotter” and “Three’s Company” and for the talk/variety series “Dinah,” starring Dinah Shore, before co-creating the ground-breaking show for women “Hour Magazine,” hosted by Gary Collins. With Clements as supervising producer, the show ran eight years in national syndication and received six Emmy nominations.

Clements continued training throughout, preparing dozens of experts to greet national audiences including Bob Goen and Pat Sajak; chef and entrepreneur Wolfgang Puck; celebrity hairstylist Jose Eber; and fitness guru Richard Simmons.

Clements exec produced the “The All New Mickey Mouse Club »

- Variety Staff

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Look: Detroit Icons Captured In New Book

24 January 2013 9:05 AM, PST | Huffington Post | See recent Huffington Post news »

What do veteran punk rocker Iggy Pop, comedic actress Lily Tomlin and fashion designer Anna Sui have in common? They're all connected to Detroit -- and count them among 51 Motor City icons sharing memories of their hometown in a new book.

Fashion photographer Jenny Risher started working on the project that became Heart Soul Detroit: Conversations on the Motor City in 2010. Talking to her friend and model Veronica Webb, who hails from Detroit, Risher started thinking about the many famous and interesting individuals who come from the city.

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"I said to her, wouldn't it be cool if someone did a book of all the amazing people who have came out of Detroit," Risher said. "For three months the idea just kept bugging me and I couldn't let it go so I thought I would make a list of all the people I would love to photograph »

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