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Post Mortem: October 14, 2007 - October 20, 2007

Breaking Deaths

We're a little busy today with the deaths of actress Deborah Kerr, Admiral William Crowe and talk-show host Joey Bishop. And of course, our many, many local obits. Luckily, two of the three big ones were written in advance -- Adam wrote the Kerr article several years ago, Pat wrote...

By Patricia Sullivan  |  October 18, 2007; 4:24 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (5)
 
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Corrections

On the theory that a good correction is sometimes worth the price of a newspaper, here's this recent gem from LA Times: An obituary on Doolittle Raider Nolan A. Herndon in the Los Angeles Times gave his nickname as Sue. In fact, he was known only as Nolan Anderson Herndon....

By Adam Bernstein  |  October 18, 2007; 2:21 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
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Clusters

"The Dead Beat," Marilyn Johnson's 2006 book about obit writers, notes a trend she called "occupational clusters." That is when two inventors or three war heroes or five actors die within a few days of one another and appear on the same obit page. The New York Times is particularly...

By Adam Bernstein  |  October 18, 2007; 2:13 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (1)
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The Good Doctor

Sometimes when I'm writing an obituary, I run across someone who is so admirable and so humanely decent that it's hard to believe. The moment I knew there was something extraordinary about Dr. W. Proctor Harvey was when I learned that he had his medical students listen to Beethoven. He...

By Matt Schudel  |  October 17, 2007; 12:06 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
Categories:  Matt Schudel , Washington DC-area people  
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Attending A Japanese Funeral

Considering the number of different cultures in the world, it makes sense that burial rites would vary. Here, a young Japanese who lives in the U.S. wrote about attending a Japanese funeral . Here's an interesting excerpt: I find this to be the most interesting, if not the most disturbing...

By Patricia Sullivan  |  October 15, 2007; 1:35 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (3)
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Quote of the Day

From a Detroit Free Press columnist: "Now, if only I could make sure that when my time comes they don't boil down my life's work to those four little words: "She loved to travel." Such a trite phrase....Specifics, that's what does the trick. " Couldn't have said it better myself....

By Patricia Sullivan  |  October 15, 2007; 11:19 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
 
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