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'Wheel of Fortune' Designer Ed Flesh Dies at 79

Sony PIctures Television(NEW YORK) -- Ed Flesh, the art director who designed the iconic Wheel of Fortune set, died July 15 at the age of 79.

His publicist, Fred Wostbrock, told The New York Times that he died of congestive heart failure and chronic obstructive pulmonary disease.

Flesh designed game show and talk show sets, including The $25,000 Pyramid, Name That Tune, Jeopardy!, The Montel Williams Show, Days of Our Lives and many others, according to

Today, his most memorable work lives on through the show Wheel of Fortune, which has been the number-one show in syndication since its debut in 1983, according to Sony Pictures.

Flesh reportedly spearheaded the design of the first blinking wheel, which was originally made out of cardboard, paint and light bulbs. Thousands of contestants would spin the carnival wheel and today, his design has evolved, made of steel and Plexiglas, weighing a little over 2,400 pounds, according to Sony Pictures.

Flesh changed the vertical, stand-up wheel that was difficult to see on screen to a horizontal, eye-catching spinner that would grip the nation for years to come, according to The Hollywood Reporter.

"In the whole equation that made Wheel of Fortune the enormous success across so many demographic lines that it is, Ed Flesh is an important part of that equation," said Robert Thompson, a professor of television and pop culture at Syracuse University.

Over 90 million Americans have grown up watching or at least having heard of Wheel of Fortune, according to Sony Pictures.

"Ed Flesh stands for the legions of artists out there who make stuff that is so much part of our daily life yet remain totally anonymous," said Thompson. "They remind us that it takes a village to make a game show."

Edwin Albert Flesh Jr. was born in Philadelphia on Dec. 4, 1931. He is survived by his partner, David Powers.

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Kate Middleton's Wedding Dress: Fashion Expert Tim Gunn Weighs In

ABC/ HAZEL THOMPSON(LONDON) -- "This was a fashion orchestration," said Project Runway style guru Tim Gunn on the wardrobe selections Friday at Prince William and Catherine’s nuptials.

Gunn had nothing but praise for the newly named duchess of Cambridge, and her wedding dress. In describing her look, Gunn kept repeating the word "ravishing." When asked to expand on this, he said, "Simply, she took my breath away."

While Kate's wedding dress has been compared to the one worn by Princess Grace, who married Rainier III, the Prince of Monaco in 1956, Gunn said Kate's "couldn't have been more modern." Whereas Grace's dress had modest lace up to her chin, Kate's look was all opened up, revealing a demure bit of cleavage. It was "stunningly paired with the exuberance of the skirt," said Gunn.

Even though Kate's fashion eye is drawn to minimalism, she knew she had to sustain attention for a four-minute walk down the red-carpeted aisle of Westminster Abbey, which explained her full skirt and elaborate lace bodice.

Her sister, Phillippa "Pippa" Middleton, wore a simple column silhouette that reflected "what people thought Kate would look like," said Gunn. "Had that been on Kate, we would have been disappointed."

Gunn said some fashion experts would no doubt question Kate's dress design. "There will always be detractors at events on this scale."

But the clothing on view at Friday's royal wedding is sure to influence trends across the world, an exciting prospect for anyone interested in cultivating a current wardrobe. "I maintain," Gunn said, wrapping up the day, "it doesn't get any better than this."

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