Joe Finnigan | Hollywood reporter, 88
In the early days of his career, Mr. Finnigan worked for United Press International in San Francisco, Phoenix, and Seattle. He arrived at UPI's Los Angeles bureau in 1958 and became an entertainment reporter.
Among the stories he covered was the release of Frank Sinatra's son Frank Jr. by kidnappers in 1963. He said he also witnessed a near fistfight between Sinatra and Wayne when the two got into a dispute at a Hollywood party.
From 1965 to 1983, Mr. Finnigan wrote the "TV Teletype" column for TV Guide. One of the stories he said he most enjoyed doing was a report that Lassie had suffered a tail injury. He told his son it got play for weeks all over the country.