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Post Mortem: March 15, 2009 - March 21, 2009

The Daily Goodbye

Here are a few obits from elsewhere that are worth a look. The L.A. Times writes about Dorothea Holt Redmond, who helped create the look and mood of many of Alfred Hitchcock's films. England's Guardian newspaper has a nice piece about Margaret Mellis, a British artist who made sculptures from...

By Matt Schudel  |  March 21, 2009; 2:55 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
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The Daily Goodbye

A handful of pretty interesting obits came to my attention this morning: Martin P. "Marty" Knowlton, a world traveler who fought ageism by co-founding Elderhostel. When he was about 50, Knowlton became highly annoyed by two things: the prevailing wisdom that "as you got older, your mind automatically began to...

By Patricia Sullivan  |  March 20, 2009; 10:46 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (1)
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We Happy Few

A question has arisen in some comments about why all of us are smiling in that row of mug shots atop this column. Aside from the fact that they promised us extra money for doing this blog (not), and we envision fame as well as fortune from it (ha!), the...

By Patricia Sullivan  |  March 19, 2009; 6:03 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
 
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Almost the Same Name, Plus Video Links

By sheer coincidence, the last two bylined obituaries I've written have been of two people with almost identical names: Jack Lorenz and Jack Lawrence. The two men were near opposites in every respect except their names. Jack Lorenz (pronounced lo-RENZ) was the executive director of the Izaak Walton League, one...

By Matt Schudel  |  March 18, 2009; 11:39 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
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Lincoln's Twisted Family Tree

Writing an obit last week for Margaret "Maggie" Fristoe Beckwith, I came across a fascinating 1994 New Yorker piece by Michael Beschloss about Mrs. Beckwith's late husband, Robert Todd Lincoln Beckwith. The president's great-grandson, Beckwith was the last Lincoln heir when he died in 1985. Or, should we say he...

By Joe Holley  |  March 17, 2009; 1:04 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
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'Marty' Star Dies

Betsy Blair, who died March 13, did not have an extensive career in Hollywood -- she was blacklisted for her political beliefs. But among her starring roles was a memorable portrayal of a homely schoolteacher in "Marty," a terrific 1955 drama based on a Paddy Chayefsky teleplay and one of...

By Adam Bernstein  |  March 17, 2009; 12:44 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
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Ambassador Gets the Bird

Nicholas Henderson, who died March 16 in London, was a British ambassador in high-profile assignments from 1969 to 1982: Warsaw, Bonn, Paris and ultimately Washington. He may be best-remembered for his instrumental role in steering the U.S. to support the British military operation that regained control of the Falkland Islands...

By Adam Bernstein  |  March 17, 2009; 12:33 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (1)
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Hardworking Munchkin

A 4-foot-6-inch Texan who stood tall among loyal "Wizard of Oz" fans died last week in Pflugerville, an Austin suburb. The Austin American-Statesman reported that Clarence Swensen, 91, was one of nine surviving members of the 125 Munchkins in the 1939 classic movie. Swensen, who grew up in Austin, told...

By Joe Holley  |  March 15, 2009; 1:17 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
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