A Shudder and a Giggle
We write a lot of obits here, but the endless variety of people's lives still give us a giggle (and sometimes a shudder).
For example, here's a guy you wouldn't want to run into if you were in a dark alley carrying goods of uncertain origin. Chopper Howard was a Philly cop, and "He got his nickname because he sometimes carried a Thompson submachine gun on the job."
Ashley Morris, a passionate advocate for New Orleans who possessed the mind of a computer geek and the soul of a rabble-rouser (nice turn of phrase by the Times-Picayune's John Pope), loved his city so much that he commuted from Chicago to N.O. each week (Can't imagine the traffic problems on that commute). At the first post-Katrina Krewe de Vieux parade, he dressed as a French mime in convict stripes and white face makeup, and appealed to the French president: "Buy us back, Chirac!"
Ever been to an ethnic wedding and joined in the making-a-fool-of-yourself festivities? Bob Kames, credited with creating the modern version of the Chicken Dance, has died. "This stupid little thing, it's infectious," Kames said in 1995. "It has only two chords, it doesn't even change for the bridge. It implants the melody in people's minds - it just sticks in there. That's gotta be the secret. IIt just keeps on going. People come up to me at jobs and tell me how happy it makes them. You get a song like this once in a lifetime."
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