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Vincent Canby

76, Died Oct. 15

FILM AND THEATER CRITIC FOR THE NEW YORK TIMES

A critic with a forceful intellect and a style as easy and smart as his tweed jacket, Vincent Canby died Oct. 15 of cancer.

A cheerful Chicagoan with a worldly perspective, Canby came to New York in 1951 as a reporter for The Motion Picture Herald. After eight years, he moved to Variety, before settling in at the Times in 1965. The paper's senior film critic from 1969 to 1993, Canby coolly surveyed all manner of movies. He was an enthusiastic supporter of young talent, and was always ready with a quick, if gentle, riposte for an overblown Hollywood production. Reviewing "Jaws," Canby noted: "If you are what you eat, then one of the sharks in 'Jaws' is a beer can, half a mackerel, and a Louisiana license plate. ... The other characters in the film are nowhere near so fully packed." In 1993, Canby, a playwright himself, turned his attention to theater, writing a Sunday column, and, from 1994 to 1996, serving as chief theater critic.

Jim Costin

71, Died Oct. 16

FORMER SPORTS WRITER FOR THE NEWS-SENTINEL IN FORT WAYNE, IND.

For 40 years, Costin covered every acre of the Fort Wayne sports world. While a self- proclaimed "golf bug," he was perhaps known best for his tireless coverage of high-school sports. Costin joined The News- Sentinel in 1952 as a reporter, and was later named assistant sports editor. In 1988, he received a distinguished service award from the Indiana High School Athletic Association. …

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