Charles Joffe, the longtime Woody Allen producer who won a best picture Oscar for the filmmaker's comedy "Annie Hall," has died in Los Angeles after a long battle with lung disease. He was 78. Born in New York City, Joffe studied journalism at Syracuse University before becoming a junior agent at MCA. He worked for Jack Rollins in the 1950s as a junior manager working with comedians. In the 1960s, the pair partnered to form Rollins and Joffe Productions and developed the likes of Robin Williams, Billy Crystal, Dick Cavett and Allen.
Hayward "Chuck" Carbo, whose ultra-smooth baritone fronted the 1950s quintet the Spiders that made the world aware of New Orleans rhythm & blues, has died. He was 82. Singer Aaron Neville, a longtime friend, said Carbo and his brother, Leonard "Chick" Carbo, were part of the premier New Orleans group in their day.
Archie McCardell, who headed International Harvester during a pivotal 172-day labor strike in 1979, has died. He was 81. McCardell joined International Harvester, the Chicago-based manufacturer of agriculture equipment and machinery, as president in 1977 and became chief executive officer a few months later. International Harvester posted record earnings of nearly $400 million in 1979 but began struggling when 35,000 employees represented by the United Auto Workers walked out Nov. 1 of that year. A settlement wasn't reached until April 1980. International Harvester lost millions of dollars during the strike. Combined with the effects of a recession, the company started selling off units. The firm took the name Navistar in 1986. McCardell resigned from International Harvester in May 1982.