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June Belle Oliver

Source: Jeffrey J. Lape, http://www.familytreemaker.com/users/l/a/p/Jeffrey-J-Lape-NY/GENE8-0015.html


Michella Renee Bunny

Source: Jeffrey J. Lape, http://www.familytreemaker.com/users/l/a/p/Jeffrey-J-Lape-NY/GENE8-0019.html


James Robert Radez

Source: Jeffrey J. Lape, http://www.familytreemaker.com/users/l/a/p/Jeffrey-J-Lape-NY/GENE8-0019.html


Roger Elton Lape

Name: ROGER E LAPE SSN: 100-38-2696 Last Residence: 12149 Richmondville, Schoharie, NY Born: 30 Aug 1930 Last Benefit: Died: 31 Dec 1994 State (Year) SSN issued: NY (1963 And 1)


Source: Jeffrey J. Lape, http://www.familytreemaker.com/users/l/a/p/Jeffrey-J-Lape-NY/GENE8-0015.html


John Henry Lape

SSN 078-54-5311 He may have been born in 1957
Source: Jeffrey J. Lape, http://www.familytreemaker.com/users/l/a/p/Jeffrey-J-Lape-NY/GENE8-0019.html; SSDI Search Results


Stephen P. Lape

Source: Jeffrey J. Lape, http://www.familytreemaker.com/users/l/a/p/Jeffrey-J-Lape-NY/GENE8-0019.html


Willard Everett Lape Jr

'Salty Sam' is dead at 74
Willard Everett Lape Jr. was a storyteller and local children's TV host.
Tuesday, September 21, 2004
By William LaRue Staff writer
Willard Everett Lape Jr. answered to many public names - "Bill Everett," "Salty Sam" and "Epal," among others.
But the longtime Syracuse children's TV host and storyteller, 74, who died Sunday after a long illness, once said he had a common goal in all his roles of being someone whom parents weren't afraid to let entertain their children.
"One of the nicest things people say about me is, 'We trust you with our kids,' " he said in a 1991 interview, shortly after he stopping working for WSYR-AM (570). He spent 30 years there, much of it also at its former sister station, WSYR-TV (Channel 3), now WSTM.
In recent years, Lape performed as a storyteller at schools, libraries and local events. He also did voice characterizations for Syracuse author Bruce Coville's audiobooks.
But for several generations of young viewers, he was best known for hosting duties on children's TV shows and other programs.
He appeared as Salty Sam, a sailor, on Channel 3's "Saturday Popeye Theater" and "Saturday Showboat," where he interviewed Central New York children and introduced cartoons. Many viewers also remember him as Epal (Lape spelled backward), a monsterlike character on Channel 3's "Monster Movie Matinee."
Alan Milair, who hosted "Monster Movie Matinee" as Dr. E. Nick Witty, said Monday that Lape was a "very, very special person" who was as gentle and pleasant in real life as he was on television, especially with youngsters.
Milair remembers one time in the early 1960s when they attended a children's event in Hamilton where Lape almost magically got a huge group of youngsters to crowd about him without hurting himself or anyone else.
"One of the things that made him unique was his ability to reach children, whether it was on TV or in person," he said. "Even when he played a character like Epal, you always saw, certainly, the best side of humanity in him."
After serving with the Air Force during the Korean War, Lape got his start in broadcasting while a student at Syracuse University in the mid-1950s, working as an announcer for WAER-FM (88.3), the student radio station. He graduated from SU with a bachelor's degree in speech and dramatic arts and a master's degree in broadcasting.
After several jobs at smaller radio stations, he went to work for WSYR-AM/TV in 1961 as a disc jockey, news announcer, copy writer and film editor. He stopped working for WSYR-TV in 1980, when Newhouse Broadcasting Co. sold the television operation.
After leaving the radio station in 1991, Lape briefly played Mr. Whitaker, the kindly next-door neighbor on "Snuckleby and Friends," a children's show produced by Syracuse NewChannels. He also became what he called a "professional storyteller," a job he continued to do at local events until last year when he became too ill to continue.
"He loved being in broadcasting. He loved being with children," said Lape's son, Willard III of Bernville, Pa. "And that's why, when he was no longer on television and radio, he gravitated to storytelling. He's been a great storyteller all his life."
In addition to his son, surviving are his wife of 48 years, Rosemary Longmire Lape of Syracuse; a daughter, Melanie Pitts of Fabius; a sister, Beverly Carson of Florida; and three grandchildren.
There are no calling hours. A public memorial service will be at 2 p.m. Wednesday at University United Methodist Church, 1085 E. Genesee St., Syracuse.
Donations may be made to University United Methodist Church or to Muscular Dystrophy Association of Central New York.
Fairchild & Meech Syracuse Chapel has arrangements.
© 2004 The Post-Standard. Used with permission

Source: Jeffrey J. Lape, http://www.familytreemaker.com/users/l/a/p/Jeffrey-J-Lape-NY/GENE8-0015.html


Janne Green Noyes

Source: Jeffrey J. Lape, http://www.familytreemaker.com/users/l/a/p/Jeffrey-J-Lape-NY/GENE8-0016.html


Lulu Rose Young

Source: Jeffrey J. Lape, http://www.familytreemaker.com/users/l/a/p/Jeffrey-J-Lape-NY/GENE8-0016.html