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Anyone who lived in the American West in the spring and summer of 1993 remembers the unexplained string of deaths of (mostly) rural residents. I have a vivid memory of camping in the Organ Pipe Cactus National Monument and thinking about the ways that virus can be transmitted -- while also trying to conserve water. It took awhile, but finally scientists reported that the cause was a hantavirus which came from deer mice, which were all over the place that spring. It turns out that two biologists, Robert Parmenter and Terry Yates, made the connection.

One of the reasons that obits are so fascinating is that adjacent to that kind of news, you'll find stories like these, a woman who started a fabric shop, or a roofing billionaire who fell off a roof. Who needs fiction when fact is so fascinating?

By Patricia Sullivan |  December 23, 2007; 12:59 PM ET  | Category:  Local Lives , Patricia Sullivan , Washington DC-area people
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Dear Patricia,
Thank you for the wonderful article you wrote about my dad, Jim Castiglia. There were a few discrepancies, however. After dad left pro football, he started his own moving company, Redskin Van Service, for ten years. He then went into the insurance business. Only when my grandfather, Mr. Francis Kane, asked him to help him out in his later years, did dad assist him with that business. Thanks again,Kathy Greeves

Posted by: Kathy Castiglia Greeves | December 30, 2007 12:52 PM

Hmm. Your memories are at odds with our stories from the time. But if you'd call me, I'd be happy to discuss it with you.

Posted by: Pat Sullivan | January 2, 2008 11:33 AM


Um. I need fiction.

Yours ever,


Posted by: Downs | January 5, 2008 4:48 PM

Dear Mrs. Sullivan,
I just read the interesting obituary written by Joe Holley about Wilhelmina Jashemski, Pompeiian historian. It's intriguing.
She had a truly adventurous life and the final surprise was that, at her death at 97, she is survived by a brother and sister.
I enjoyed reading about her exploits immensely. Inspiring.
Please tell him about this post.

Posted by: Judith C. Allen, Beaumont, TX | January 14, 2008 3:50 PM

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