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Post Mortem: February 3, 2008 - February 9, 2008

Hidden Stories

We've all had the experience of looking up a word in the dictionary and being distracted by another fascinating word, or looking on a bookshelf for one tome, only to find a related and utterly fascinating tale. So it was for me Friday, while working on Dr. Edward Chao's obit....

By Patricia Sullivan  |  February 9, 2008; 10:00 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (3)
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'Bloody Carnage'

For regular readers of Post obits, Bob Thompson's story in today's Style section is absolutely required reading.It's a fascinating profile of Drew Gilpin Faust, president of Harvard since last year and the author of a provocative new book about the Civil War. Entitled "This Republic of Suffering: Death and the...

By Joe Holley  |  February 7, 2008; 1:55 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (1)
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You Be the Editor

Last night, when the Post newsroom was in the full throes of Super Tuesday election frenzy, word came across the wires that Maharishi Mahesh Yogi died. We didn't get it in the Post, although the LA Times, with an extra three hours, did a nice job on its obit...

By Patricia Sullivan  |  February 6, 2008; 11:34 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (5)
 
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No One Dies of Old Age

Of all the questions we ask family members when we're gathering information for an obit, two invariably meet with the most resistance: cause of death and previous marriages. I can understand that second, third or fourth spouses might be reluctant to discuss their predecessors, but any marriage is (or should...

By Matt Schudel  |  February 6, 2008; 7:42 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (4)
 
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Britney Spears -- the Latest Craziness

A few weeks ago, John Rogers of the Associated Press wrote about preparing obits for young celebrities. Today Glamour magazine called, apparently following up on the same story. There's a ceaseless fascination with seemingly pre-mature deaths of pop singers and movie stars. So in that spirit, we bring you the...

By Adam Bernstein  |  February 5, 2008; 3:21 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (1)
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Blair House Aftermath

The death last Friday of retired Secret Service agent Floyd "Toad" Boring momentarily shined a light on a little-remembered episode of relatively recent American history -- the attempted assassination of President Harry S. Truman by two Puerto Rican nationalists. Boring, 92 at the time of his death, was one of...

By Joe Holley  |  February 5, 2008; 10:33 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
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All Joking Aside

So a man tells a joke, and years later that's what ends up in his obituary? Such is the fate that befell Nixon-era agriculture secretary, Earl L. Butz, who died Saturday. Hey, a joke's a good way to go out; I'd love to leave 'em laughing. Unfortunately, Mr. Butz's obscene...

By Joe Holley  |  February 4, 2008; 11:11 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (3)
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