Thursday, June 13, 2002

News from the Associated Press,Designer Bill Blass, born and raised in Fort Wayne, IN is dead:

William Blass was born June 22, 1922, in Fort Wayne, Ind., the only child of Ralph Blass, the owner of a hardware store, and Ethyl Blass, a dressmaker. Blass played football, worked on the school paper and studied art at South Side High School in Fort Wayne, where he graduated in 1939.

Blass started sketching designs when he was 17, and sold some to New York designers for $25 each.