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Post Mortem: April 12, 2009 - April 18, 2009

Death Stars?

Are the four smiling faces at the top of this page "Murderers' Row" or, as an article just out in Editor & Publisher calls us, "Death Stars"? Joe Strupp, E&P's media reporter, interviewed several of us about the blog you're reading and asked the question that everyone asks at first:...

By Matt Schudel  |  April 18, 2009; 11:25 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
Categories:  Matt Schudel  | Tags: editor and publisher, gayle ronan sims, obituaries, philadelphia inquirer  
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Obit Writer RIP

It's not a criticism to say Gayle Ronan Sims, who died last night at age 61, would take four hours to do what most of us could in 10 minutes. She was extremely sympathetic, with a soft and soothing voice that made probing questions seem as gentle as an invitation...

By Adam Bernstein  |  April 17, 2009; 2:02 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (2)
Categories:  Adam Bernstein  | Tags: obituary writer Philadelphia Inquirer  
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How Much Can You Say About Marilyn Chambers?

I had the opportunity this week to write the Post's obituary of Marilyn Chambers, the Ivory Snow girl who became a star of hard-core pornography in the anything-goes days of the 1970s. At the age of 19, when her face was appearing on boxes of Ivory Snow detergent -- advertised...

By Matt Schudel  |  April 16, 2009; 1:49 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (5)
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Blogging on Obits

These are tough times for traditional journalism even as the digital horizons for a new kind of journalism expand. As writers, we always want our work to be read, whether in print, online, via mobile applications, no matter if people find us by links or searches or Technorati Profile. We've...

By Patricia Sullivan  |  April 15, 2009; 11:50 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (5)
 
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Phillies Announcer Harry Kalas

Harry Kalas, the longtime voice of the Philadelphia Phillies on TV and radio stations in Philadelphia, collapsed today at Nationals Park in Washington and died at George Washington University Hospital. He was 73. Kalas was known for his clipped, laconic style, in which each word seemed to be turned over...

By Matt Schudel  |  April 13, 2009; 2:23 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
Categories:  Matt Schudel  | Tags: Phillies obituaries Harry Kalas  
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