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Post Mortem: June 8, 2008 - June 14, 2008

Tim Russert

You tend to get a little jaded in this business, and it takes a lot to shock an obit writer. But yesterday afternoon, when we got word that Tim Russert had died, we -- and the entire staff of the Post -- were in complete shock and disbelief. The paper...

By Matt Schudel  |  June 14, 2008; 11:49 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (4)
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Tim Russert Dies

Meet the Press host Tim Russert died today. Our story online; we'll have a fuller story later....

By Patricia Sullivan  |  June 13, 2008; 3:50 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
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Untidy Lives, Family Warfare

If you ever have too much of your perfectly happy extended family life, I invite you to sit a few days on a newspaper obituary desk. That almost-formulaic paragraph in most obits that starts "Survivors include..." can be a minefield and one should venture into it with extreme caution. I'm...

By Patricia Sullivan  |  June 12, 2008; 1:34 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (3)
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Feet First

For an obituary about Gilbert Hunt, a Princeton math genius and 1930s-era tennis prodigy, I went looking for a long-ago Post column about how the D.C. native occasionally played barefoot -- and entertained the gallery by picking up objects with his toes. In the course of my foray into the...

By Joe Holley  |  June 10, 2008; 5:36 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
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The Synchronicity of F. Scott Fitzgerald

I had meant to post this blog item last Saturday, but I was too busy writing the obituary of ABC sportscaster Jim McKay. But, on the dubious theory that it's better late than never, I wanted to point out the odd occurrence of having two articles in The Post about...

By Matt Schudel  |  June 10, 2008; 11:37 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
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Physician to JFK, LBJ Dies

Dr. James Morningstar Young, who rose out of a rural Ohio childhood to become White House physician to Presidents Kennedy and Johnson, died Wednesday at Beth Israel Medical Center. Full story. And here's an obit of someone who served with Kennedy in the patrol torpedo boats during World War II....

By Patricia Sullivan  |  June 9, 2008; 10:29 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
 
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