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Patricia Sullivan

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 Molly Kool Carney, North America's first female ship captain. Her ship once collided with another in a dense fog and she went overboard, where she grabbed flotsam and kicked as the ship's passengers hurled life preservers down at her.

"I'm already floating," Ms. Kool hollered up at them. "Stop throwing useless stuff at me and send a boat!"

Another was New Orleans guitarist Snooks Eaglin. "He was the most New Orleans of all the New Orleans acts that are still living," said Mid-City Lanes owner John Blancher.

Then there's Rod Gilchrist, who must have been a cheerful soul because he kept San Francisco's Cartoon Art Museum running through some difficult days. The museum is worth a visit if you find yourself in SF.

By Patricia Sullivan |  March 10, 2009; 11:27 AM ET  | Category:  Patricia Sullivan
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