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Post Mortem: December 9, 2007 - December 15, 2007

Call it Obiticide

From one of our regular readers, a link to the Regret the Error site: To the Dearly (not) Departed: We call it "obiticide" - death by media. What follows are some of the people prematurely declared dead by the press this year. International Herald Tribune: An article in some copies...

By Patricia Sullivan  |  December 13, 2007; 4:20 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (1)
 
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Block That Euphemism

Brinsfield Funeral Home in Leonardtown, Md., has started to call itself the Brinsfield "Life Celebration Home." An employee there told me today that this is a new development, designed to coincide with its "life celebration" packages such as DVDs, a memorial portrait of the deceased and a pamphlet with 10...

By Adam Bernstein  |  December 12, 2007; 11:39 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (3)
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Showmen's Rest

In writing an obit of pilot and poet Ann Darr, I heard from her daughter that Mrs. Darr wanted her tombstone to read: "Late in life, she ran away from home and joined the circus." As fate would have it, she was buried in Woodlawn Cemetery in Forest Park, Ill....

By Patricia Sullivan  |  December 11, 2007; 11:02 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
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The Daily Goodbye

Broken nibs and faulty cartridges were no match for Chicago's last pen doctor. It'a almost February for New Orleanians, who mark the year by Mardi Gras. A well-known float builder will be missing this year. Just five weeks after the death of the Rice-A-Roni creator and founder of the Napa...

By Patricia Sullivan  |  December 9, 2007; 10:54 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
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