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Post Mortem: October 28, 2007 - November 3, 2007

A Matter of Perspective

I'm working on an obit of a former deputy chief of police in Washington, and as I write, it occurs to me how much depends on perspective. This man was known within the police force as "Gentleman Jim," and by demonstrators in the 1960s and 1970s as "Mad Dog Davis."...

By Patricia Sullivan  |  November 2, 2007; 3:55 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
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Far-flung Death News

Some newspapers have taken full advantage of harnassing video technology to obituaries. It can often add great value to the printed-word version. Today, London's Guardian newspaper offers video clips of a Tamil Tiger rebel leader who was killed by the Sri Lankan government in a raid. And for a fun...

By Adam Bernstein  |  November 2, 2007; 1:56 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
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The Daily Goodbye

We're going to try something new; a morning roundup of notable national and international deaths. We're going to assume you have already read the best obits in the business; if not, go there now. We'll wait. And now for the breaking news: Paul Tibbets, the pilot of the Enola Gay...

By Patricia Sullivan  |  November 1, 2007; 10:51 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (4)
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Old Age Has a Limited Future

Aubrey de Grey argues that some people alive today will live in a robust and youthful fashion for 1,000 years. "Aging is responsible for two-thirds of all death -- now that means worldwide 100,000 people every single day -- and in the industrialized world, it is something like 90 percent."...

By Patricia Sullivan  |  October 31, 2007; 5:54 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
 
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Funeral Directors on the Air

Anyone see the Frontline show on funerals? I missed it, but (thanks PBS!) will try to watch it online. I see those smart people at Washingtonpost.com had a live chat with the producers, too. Related: I've also become an erratic fan of the quirky new TV show "Pushing Daisies" which...

By Patricia Sullivan  |  October 31, 2007; 3:36 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
 
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News Obits and Funeral Services

Should news obituaries contain information about memorial and funeral services? At The Washington Post, the answer is no. Our long-standing policy says since we're writing about a person's life on the occasion of their death, service information doesn't belong in the article. But from time to time, readers question that...

By Patricia Sullivan  |  October 30, 2007; 4:41 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
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Clusters Continued

It used to be that one of the "perks" of the low-paying journalism game was that you were pretty sure of getting an obit in your own paper when you died. That promise went away when the numbers of reporters and editors boomed in the 1970s and 1980s. And although...

By Patricia Sullivan  |  October 28, 2007; 11:58 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
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