"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 skilled at this art. And a former obit editor at The Post was never prouder as when he managed to get a dead doctor, lawyer and Indian chief in the paper on the same day.
Do mischievious-minded readers, writers and editors see clusters as a great opportunity to show patterns in a chaotic world? This week provides ample ammo -- several 1950s icons have exited, including jukebox star Teresa Brewer, actress Deborah Kerr and comedian Joey Bishop.
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