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Greatly Exaggerated

Matt Schudel

While traveling abroad in 1867, Mark Twain heard rumors that some American newspapers had prematurely declared him dead and printed his obituary. Twain supposedly sent off a telegram with his famous comment, "The reports of my death are greatly exaggerated." (Actually, according to this Web site, which reproduces Twain's handwritten note, he wrote, "the report of my death is an exaggeration.")

At any rate, this is the reason why we always verify every death with a family member, funeral home or, in some cases, legal authority. Otherwise, you can end up with with the kind of embarrassing episode the alumni magazine of the State University of New York at Albany finds itself in.

By Matt Schudel  |  October 4, 2007; 11:49 AM ET
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