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Dave Freeman, creator

of ‘100 Things' theme

Dave Freeman, an advertising agency executive who co-wrote “100 Things to Do Before You Die,” an adventure-seeking and often unconventional travel guide that personified the way he lived his life, has died. He was 47.

Freeman died Aug. 17 after falling and hitting his head at his home in the Venice neighborhood of Los Angeles, said his father, Roy.

Released in 1999, “100 Things” was one of the first contemporary books to create a travel agenda based on 100 sites and then market it with a title that reminded mortal readers that time was limited.

The “100 Things” approach later swept the publishing industry, said Neil Teplica, who wrote the book with Freeman.

The title meant “you should live every day like it would be your last, and there's not that many people who do,” Teplica said. “It's a credit to Dave – he didn't have enough days, but he lived them like he should have.”

Freeman had visited about half the sites. He preferred to travel alone because he could cover more territory, said his aunt, Barbara Freeman.

Between them, the authors had visited almost every site, which included the familiar (the Academy Awards ceremony, the running of the bulls in Pamplona, Spain) as well as the more exotic (the National Hollerin' Contest in North Carolina, Australia's Nude Night Surfing contest).

One of Freeman's favorite lesser-known events was “land-diving on the tiny island in the Pacific called Vanuatu. … Tribesmen climb up homemade towers … and it's sort of like the original bungee-jumping,” he said on National Public Radio in 2001. Los Angeles Times

Jabir Muhammad, Ali's former manager

A longtime manager of boxer Muhammad Ali – and son of the late Nation of Islam leader Elijah Muhammad – has died following heart surgery.

Jabir Herbert Muhammad was 79. His oldest son, Elijah Muhammad III, said he died Monday at the University of Illinois Medical Center in Chicago.

“He was a man who loved his fellow man, and he developed some very meaningful and positive relationships worldwide,” his son said.

Muhammad was born in Detroit and lived most of his life on Chicago's South Side.

He managed Ali's boxing career from 1966 until 1981 and managed his post-fighting career for another 10 years. He went on to a career in business.

He was an adviser to Elijah Muhammad, who died in 1975. He also served as the Nation of Islam's chief business manager and established the organization's weekly newspaper. Associated Press

Thomas Weller, won Nobel for polio research

Dr. Thomas Weller, who shared the 1954 Nobel Prize in Medicine for his research on the polio virus, died in his sleep Saturday at his home in Needham, Mass. He was 93.

“It's clear that he was one of the greatest scientists of the 20th century,” said Dr. Dyann Wirth, a professor of infectious diseases and chairwoman of the department of immunology and infectious diseases at the Harvard School of Public Health.

“He really exemplified what we think of as the best in science – that is, a real curiosity for science and for discovery, a dedication to training the next generation, and a real vision of how to solve some of the biggest public health problems.”

Weller won the Nobel Prize along with two Children's Hospital Boston colleagues, John Enders and Frederick Robbins. In 1949, they discovered a way to grow the polio virus in safe tissue cultures, a discovery that led to the development of the Salk and Sabin vaccines against the disease. Boston Globe