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Post Mortem: November 4, 2007 - November 10, 2007

Admirable Names

Since one of the rules of journalism is Get the Names Right, and since names are so integral to everyone's identity, I have a weird fascination with some of the monickers that pass by our eyes. Matt Schudel already told you about Mr. Gray, born of a woman named Black,...

By Patricia Sullivan  |  November 7, 2007; 10:38 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
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Fabulous Moolah or Jo Nobody?

Here's the dilemma of working obits: Do we choose the entertaining life story of the Fabulous Moolah or the gazillion smaller obits of local residents? It's pretty obvious what writers and obit fans like to read; but people who actually subscribe to the paper (the ones who pay the bills)...

By Patricia Sullivan  |  November 6, 2007; 11:40 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (2)
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Nixon on Jews

In case anyone ever asks you why some people still have an anti-Nixon complex, here's a small reminder. I'm writing about Harold Goldstein, a former Bureau of Labor Statistics man who died last week at the age of 93. (The obit will be in the paper and online in...

By Patricia Sullivan  |  November 5, 2007; 2:30 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
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The Daily Goodbye

If you think e-mail, instant messages and cell phones has cost society a measure of graciousness, you'll want to get acquainted with Nancy Harkins. There's no escaping the mundane, however; her obit appeared adjacent to that of a beer distributor. Appointed by President Richard M. Nixon to the bench, Judge...

By Patricia Sullivan  |  November 5, 2007; 12:48 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
 
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The Daily Goodbye

Here's the roundup of today's interesting obituaries from around the country and around the world. We'll start, naturally, with The Post, where our lead obituary is of Igor Moiseyev, the remarkable Russian dance master who created a new form of dance, combining folk idioms with the high art of ballet....

By Matt Schudel  |  November 4, 2007; 1:57 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
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