Passages

updated 04/09/1990 AT 01:00 AM EDT

originally published 04/09/1990 AT 01:00 AM EDT

Funnyman Ray Goulding (below left), who brought inane characters like cooking host Mary McGoon and the mawkish Charles the Poet to the airwaves, died of kidney failure at age 68 at his home in Manhasset, N. Y. His death marks the end of the peerless radio comedy team, Bob and Ray. Goulding met partner Bob Elliott in 1946 at WHDH in Boston, where Ray was reading the news and Elliott was a morning deejay. They launched into impromptu skits on the air, and soon after, the half-hour Matinee with Bob and Ray show was born. The duo created classics like Mary Backstayge, Noble Wife, a send-up of a popular soap opera of the period. Bob and Ray's version featured a husband-and-wife acting team who lived in Skunkhaven, Long Island. The comedy duo went to NBC Radio in 1951 and became known for their legendary commercial spoofs such as "The Bob and Ray Home Surgery Kit" and their 10-day course on how to become a 97-lb. weakling. Bob and Ray performed together on TV, on Broadway in 1970, and continued working until two years ago, when Goulding's health worsened. Television may have diluted their appeal, but legions of fans will always remember their patented sign-off: "This is Ray Goulding, reminding you to write if you get work...and Bob Elliott, reminding you to hang by your thumbs."

Kathie Lee Gifford, 36, the excitable co-host of the syndicated Live with Regis & Kathie Lee TV show and the spokesperson for Carnival Cruise Lines, had a baby boy, Cody Newton, by cesarean section on March 22 in New York City. The father of the 8-lb., 15-oz. baby is ex-football star and ABC Monday Night Football commentator Frank Gifford, 59, who jokes that his youngest son has "a lot of hair, and it's parted on the right side." Gifford has three children from his first marriage, to Maxine Ewart, and five grandchildren. The Gif-fords chose the name Cody after seeing Cleveland Browns tackle Cody Risien play in a game last fall, and appropriately enough the two Codys now share a birthday. Regis Philbin, Kathie Lee's impish co-host, had pleaded with her on the air to name the baby after him. "I threw out Xavier once too, which is my confirmation name, but they didn't go for it," says Phil-bin, "so I guess I struck out twice. Hey, I'm just a co-host."...

And, in other baby news, CBS Morning News anchor Faith Daniels, 33, and her husband, local New York City TV news executive Dean Daniels, 32, had a baby girl, Alyx Rae Daniels, on March 25. The couple already have a son, Andrew, 3.

René Enriquez, 56 (below), died of pancreatic cancer at his home in Tarzana, Calif. The actor, who was of Nicaraguan descent, played the excessively apprehensive Police Lt. Ray Callentano on NBC's Hill Street Blues from 1981 to 1986. James B. Sikking, a fellow HSB cast member, says, "Even though our characters on Hill Street Blues were always at odds, we were not at odds in life. I'll miss mi amigor

Richard Pryor, 49, is doing well after a heart attack that one of his doctors describes as "not so minor." The comic suffered the attack while vacationing in Brisbane, Australia. Dr. Richard Grossman, a burn specialist who treated Pryor after he accidentally set himself on fire in 1980 while freebasing cocaine, says Pryor's "doing real well, and his attitude is good too."

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