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Post Mortem: May 3, 2009 - May 9, 2009

The Brothers DiMaggio

Dom DiMaggio, the younger brother of baseball legend Joe DiMaggio, was a very interesting man, and only in part because of his famous brother. He was a fine ballplayer in his own right, and there was a movement in the 1980s and '90s led by his former teammate, Ted Williams,...

By Matt Schudel  |  May 9, 2009; 11:35 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
Categories:  Athletes , Matt Schudel  
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Dom DiMaggio, Brother of Joe

Baseball player Dom DiMaggio, brother of the more famous Joe and teammate of Ted Williams, has died at 92. Though he was never quite the player that his brother was, he was a classy centerfielder with the Boston Red Sox in the 1940s and 1950s and was one of the...

By Matt Schudel  |  May 8, 2009; 10:48 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (1)
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Wikipedia, Obits and Faking

Wikipedia is often an easy place for journalists to get a fast overview of a life, but it carries it dangers. Consider the recent case of a Dubliner named Shane Fitzgerald, whose college experiment on globalization led many obituary writers astray when he placed fake quotation in a famous composer's...

By Adam Bernstein  |  May 7, 2009; 5:22 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (2)
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Farrah Off Treatment

The medical news has been grim for 62-year-old Farrah Fawcett, the 1970s poster icon and star of the "jiggle TV" show "Charlie's Angels." For the past month, news organizations have been chronicling her steady decline. And today, People.com reported the actress is no longer receiving treatment for the anal cancer...

By Lauren Wiseman  |  May 7, 2009; 2:36 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
 
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Space Matters

For Eilene Marie Galloway, the day the earth stood still was always Oct. 4, 1957. If you have to ask, "Why Oct. 4, 1957?" you're probably not 102 years old, as was Mrs. Galloway at the time of her death May 2. Her obit is in today's paper. The red-letter...

By Joe Holley  |  May 6, 2009; 4:48 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
Tags: Eilene Marie Galloway, Soviet Union, Sputnik  
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Dom DeLuise & Variety Shows

If you see me at my desk looking at videos on YouTube, you might think I'm goofing off. Well, I do plenty of that, I have to confess, but in the case of today's obituary of Dom DeLuise, I've been looking at clips from his many films and appearances...

By Matt Schudel  |  May 6, 2009; 12:02 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
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Dom DeLuise Dies

Dom DeLuise, the bald, roly-poly sidekick in many Mel Brooks films and in Burt Reynolds's "Cannonball Run" movies, has reportedly died in Los Angeles, accd to the entertainment gossip site TMZ. Story is developing. DeLuise was a stage and TV performer early in his career, best known for his routine...

By Adam Bernstein  |  May 5, 2009; 11:59 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (8)
 
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Obits As Fairy Tales?

The growing popularity of obits comes under scrutiny in this little essay in the online magazine Smart Set. I'm not sure I agree with it all, and I object that her research was limited to a single financially challenged newspaper, but FWIW: [O]bituaries aren't interesting because of what they say...

By Patricia Sullivan  |  May 5, 2009; 6:04 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
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Redstone v. Reaper

Sumner Redstone, the 85-year-old chairman of media properties CBS Corp. and Viacom, gave a recent interview in which he jabs at other media moguls, including Ted Turner and Rupert Murdoch; boasts of his sexual predilictions, particularly his attraction to married women; and, most alarmingly, of his belief he is impervious...

By Adam Bernstein  |  May 4, 2009; 11:19 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
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Kemp Fades, He Fires. . .

On a slow Sunday morning in the newsroom, the death of Jack Kemp reminded my Post colleague Paul Duggan of covering the old Buffalo Bills quarterback and former congressman in his futile bid for the vice-presidency in 1996, on the Republican ticket headed by Sen. Robert J. Dole (R-Kans). Duggan,...

By Joe Holley  |  May 3, 2009; 4:25 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (3)
Tags: Jack Kemp, Sen. Robert J. Dole  
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