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Compare and contrast: the New York Times, Los Angeles Times and Washington Post versions of an obit for Ventures co-founder Bob Bogle. (We'll refrain from noting that we told you about this yesterday -- oops...) Which one do you prefer?

There was a time when Motorola was a leader in technology. During part of that time, John F. Mitchell was the company president. Before that, as chief engineer for mobile and portable products, Mr. Mitchell helped develop the first design for a portable and consumer-friendly cellular telephone system.

A leader in the Maronite Catholic Church, Chorbishop Joseph Abi-Nader, died June 6 with his vestments on.

Everyone's the star of their own life, but only one of us gets to be the King of Tires. That's Clifton Grandy of Philadelphia who loved his work, and whose business handled all kinds of tires, from those of a wheelbarrow to the giant tires of tractor-trailers.

The longtime announcer for the New York Islanders hockey, Bob Lawrence, died of lung cancer late last week. He was 70.

A physicist who worked with the Who's Keith Moon and who pioneered holographic imaging (which has become vital in preventing forgery of debit and credit cards) has died.
Nicholas Philips was a pretty entrepreneurial guy, according to this Times (of London) article.

The Irish troubles were eased just a bit by Ian Young, a Derry businessman who brokered an agreement between parading Orangemen and locals who strongly objected to their demonstrations. "His suggestion in 1997 that the Apprentice Boys' parade become a festival has not yet been reached, but the violence that accompanied parades in the 1990s is now a distant memory," the Irish Times says.

By Patricia Sullivan  |  June 17, 2009; 8:11 AM ET
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Thanks for doing this. It's a great way to see a wide variety of obituary styles.

Ok, your Bob Bogle is the best. That what you wanted?

Posted by: relfyh | June 17, 2009 10:55 AM | Report abuse

I wanted your real opinion. I think each one has something to offer; I'm interested in which one strikes readers as the most interesting.

Posted by: Patricia Sullivan | June 17, 2009 12:27 PM | Report abuse

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