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Post Mortem: August 31, 2008 - September 6, 2008

The Greatest Editor?

Robert Giroux, who is probably unknown to the general public, died yesterday and is remembered in an obituary in today's (Saturday, Sept. 6) paper. It was 5:30 p.m. when we learned that Giroux had died, and getting the obituary in the paper was a challenge, since we did not have...

By Matt Schudel  |  September 6, 2008; 11:22 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (1)
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The Peanuts Gang

The great animator Bill Melendez died this week at the age of 91. If you don't recognize his name, you certainly know his work: He animated every "Peanuts" cartoon that has ever appeared on television or in film -- including more than 370 commercials. Mr. Melendez was a Mexican immigrant...

By Matt Schudel  |  September 4, 2008; 11:11 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
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Terrible-Tempered Tommy Bolt

AP is reporting that Tommy Bolt, the 1958 U.S. Open champion who had one of golf's sweetest swings and most explosive tempers, has died. He was 92. Bolt won 15 Professional Golfers Association events and several more titles on the seniors tour. Yet his temper gained him the most notoriety....

By Patricia Sullivan  |  September 3, 2008; 12:27 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
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"I was born in a simple log cabin... No, that's not true."

Voice-over and movie trailer legend Don LaFontaine, who died Monday in Los Angeles at 68, told his story in a video posted on YouTube....

By Washington Post Editors  |  September 2, 2008; 5:58 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (1)
 
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Ike Pappas, CBS newsman

Ike Pappas, 75, the CBS newsman who reported, live on the radio, the shooting of JFK assassin Lee Harvey Oswald, died Sunday in Arlington of complications from heart disease. In 1987, he was among more than 200 employees laid off by the company....

By Patricia Sullivan  |  September 2, 2008; 12:36 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (15)
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Trying to Reason with Hurricane Season

As Hurricane Gustav barges into Louisiana, it's certain that some people will die, either as a direct result of the storm or because the uproar tipped weakened conditions over the edge. Needless to say, we all hope there's not a repeat of Katrina. The official death toll from that storm...

By Patricia Sullivan  |  September 1, 2008; 12:12 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
 
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