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The Daily Goodbye

Patricia Sullivan

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 which dropped the first atomic bomb on Japan, has died.

The original No Nukes activist Randall Forsberg died Oct. 19 of endometrial cancer at a New York City hospital.

How can you resist someone dubbed River Mom? She was one of the top paddling instructors in the country.

Remember Washoe, the chimp who knew sign language, from your college psych courses? Yeah, it's been that long. Time for her to sign off. (Or, as one of our science writers said, "Eek! Gone to visit Alex the parrot!"

One of these days, we'll be done with the "first woman" or the "first black" when talking about peoples' achievements. Until then, thanks to all the pioneers, including Jesse McCrary.

If it weren't for Don P. Moehrke, we'd never get any banking done.

Orchids in Minnesota? Sandra Murphy thought it was worth the hassle of a greenhouse.

Gotta go; It's the Dia De Los Muertos, a celebration of the lives of the dead.

By Patricia Sullivan  |  November 1, 2007; 10:51 AM ET
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I hear Fred Phelps group is going to protest outside Tibbets funeral because his plane's name had "Gay" in it.

Posted by: ugh | November 1, 2007 3:20 PM | Report abuse

"Remember Washoe, the chimp who knew sign language, from your college psych courses? Yeah, it's been that long. Time for him to sign off. (Or, as one of our science writers said, 'Eek! Gone to visit Alex the parrot!'"

All very well except that Washoe was a FEMALE chimpanzee. The very first word in the Chicago Tribune article was "she."

Posted by: Nexus | November 1, 2007 4:07 PM | Report abuse

You are right. I'll correct the posting. Thanks for the alert.

Posted by: Pat Sullivan | November 2, 2007 12:20 PM | Report abuse

Feel free to read and submit stories of World War 2 Heroes at
http://www.hww2.com
Heroes of World War 2

Posted by: bel | November 2, 2007 9:05 PM | Report abuse

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