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Post Mortem: March 8, 2009 - March 14, 2009

Karl Marx is dead

On this date (March 14) in 1883, Karl Marx died at the age of 64. (I've always wondered how much he got paid for "Das Kapital" and "The Communist Manifesto," but I guess that's off the point.) Other notable deaths on this date in history: 1925: Walter Camp, coach and...

By Matt Schudel  |  March 14, 2009; 11:49 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
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Man Behind Initials of WTTG Dies

A leading engineer for the old DuMont TV network has died. His link to Washington was brief but enduring, having given his initials to WTTG (Channel 5). Thomas Toliver Goldsmith Jr. died March 5 at age 99. He was a retired director of research at the Allen B. DuMont Laboratories...

By Adam Bernstein  |  March 13, 2009; 2:01 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (6)
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O! Curtsy

Welcome to Friday the 13th. Today we had the obituary of Leonore Annenberg, an arts patron and society hostess who served as President Ronald Reagan's first chief of protocol and was the widow of publisher, philanthropist and ambassador Walter Annenberg. The New York Times obituary amusingly described the chief of...

By Adam Bernstein  |  March 13, 2009; 12:03 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
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March 12 deaths

2008 -- Howard Metzenbaum, Ohio senator 2003 -- Lynne Thigpen, actress 2001 -- Henry Lee Lucas, murderer 1999 -- Yehudi Menuhin, violinist 1955 -- Charlie "Bird" Parker, jazz musician 1945 -- Anne Frank, diarist...

By Patricia Sullivan  |  March 12, 2009; 3:36 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
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Philanthropist, Physician, Grocer and Frozen Food Magnate

Leonore Annenberg, chief of protocol under President Reagan and the widow of billionaire publisher Walter Annenberg who continued his tradition of philanthropy and patronage of the arts, died Thursday. She was 91. Longer version. Anthony J. Rouse , owner of a regional grocery store which prides itself on stocking...

By Patricia Sullivan  |  March 12, 2009; 11:45 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
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Four Shot Near Cemetery After Vigil

Not much more to say about this sad news than the lede: Four young people, ranging in age from 18 to 20, were shot last night outside a cemetery in the District after a vigil for an 18-year-old homicide victim. More......

By Patricia Sullivan  |  March 11, 2009; 12:52 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (1)
 
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Obits of the Air

A Canadian entrepreneur wants an all-obits TV channel. Apparently, it's not the first....

By Adam Bernstein  |  March 11, 2009; 12:11 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
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Immigrants and Obits

We're a country of immigrants, from those who crossed into North America across the Bering Straits to those who arrived with H1-B visas this morning. What's often impressive is how much immigrants accomplish once they get to the U.S. I noticed a handful of obits lately that spell this out:...

By Patricia Sullivan  |  March 11, 2009; 12:10 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
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Pick Your Favorite Obits (updated)

The Society of Professional Obituary Writers is preparing for its annual gathering next month in Charlotte, N.C. In the meantime, you can go online and cast your readers' choice votes for the year's top obits. (As far as I know, no Washington Post writers entered the contest this year. Sheer...

By Matt Schudel  |  March 10, 2009; 6:03 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (4)
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Exodus of Memory

So here's what's a bit disconcerting for reporters of a certain age: I'm writing an obituary this afternoon about a retired journalist named Boyd France, whose first big story was a 1947 interview with the captain of the Exodus, the famous ship crammed with 4,500 Jewish war refugees who had...

By Joe Holley  |  March 10, 2009; 5:41 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (1)
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The Weird and Wonderful

We're finishing up (we hope) one of the busiest times of the year for news obits here (the December holidays and the end of winter are typically our busiest times) and there are some great stories that happened outside our region that we just didn't get to do. One is...

By Patricia Sullivan  |  March 10, 2009; 11:27 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
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March 9 Deaths

1706 - Johann Pachelbel, organist/composer 1955 - Matthew Henson, polar explorer 1962 - Howard Engstrom, designer of Univac computer 1969 - Richard Crane, actor 1989 - Robert Mapplethorpe, photographer 1992 - Menachem W Begin, PM Israel 1994 - Charles Bukowski, author 1994 - Lawrence E Spivak, journalist 1996 - George...

By Patricia Sullivan  |  March 9, 2009; 11:26 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
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