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Post Mortem: July 5, 2009 - July 11, 2009

The Daily Goodbye

Feeling a little sluggish this morning? Wishing you could just loll about? You may have a case of the mid-summer lazies, but probably not chronic fatigue syndrome, which Theodore Van Zeist helped define, after a notable career in soils testing. Since you don't have CFS, maybe you just need a...

By Patricia Sullivan  |  July 10, 2009; 8:13 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
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Six Lessons from the Dead

This nice photo slide show comes from our friend, the fine obit writer at the Boston Globe, Bryan Marquard -- Six Life Lessons from the Dead. Some are expected, others less so, but all worth considering. Then come back and tell us what lessons have you learned from obits?...

By Patricia Sullivan  |  July 9, 2009; 12:24 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (7)
 
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The Daily Goodbye

I've been looking for a good obit of Oscar G. Meyer all morning, but no one seemed to take advantage of the opportunity. So here's a straightforward version, at least. (Good luck getting the "I wish I were an Oscar Meyer weiner" ditty out of your head this morning.) Australia's...

By Patricia Sullivan  |  July 9, 2009; 8:09 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
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Only in Florida

I spent way too many years in Florida, which is by far the strangest, most violent state in the country -- and, therefore, a great place to be a journalist. I began to collect what I called "Weird Florida" stories about all the crazy things that were all too common...

By Matt Schudel  |  July 8, 2009; 2:33 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
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The Daily Goodbye

Anyone who's ever picked up a Fender Telecaster or Stratocaster has handled George Fullerton's work. Fender, the genius of electric guitar innovation, turned to Fullerton to make his instruments practical for mass production in their factory that opened in the late 1940s. Riverboat gambling has overtaken my old hometown and...

By Patricia Sullivan  |  July 8, 2009; 8:17 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
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Justlikethat

Writing the obit yesterday for Texas sharpshooter Joe Bowman, who could hit a playing card edgewise at 20 paces and plug a 50-cent piece three times in one five-thousandth of a second, reminded me immediately of the wonderfully idiosyncratic poem by e e cummings about one of Bowman's idols. Here's...

By Joe Holley  |  July 7, 2009; 2:03 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
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Funeral Whistleblower Fired

A National Funeral Home employee who publicly supported allegations that the company was mishandling bodies at its Falls Church facility was fired last week for speaking to the media, the Washington Post's Josh White reports. The same day he was fired, the business issued a public denial of the allegations,...

By Patricia Sullivan  |  July 7, 2009; 12:58 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
 
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The Daily Goodbye

The lead guitarist of the wonderfully campy rock group Paul Revere and the Raiders has died. Drake Levin and the band had quite a back story -- and is likely the only rock group to have come out of Boise, Idaho. Just for his prodigious memory alone, Joseph B. Codd...

By Patricia Sullivan  |  July 7, 2009; 8:31 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
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Spotlight: Allen Klein

Former Secretary of Defense Robert McNamara was not the only controversial figure to make obituary headlines today. On Saturday, music executive Allen Klein, who once managed the Beatles and the Rolling Stones, and was later sued by his clients for his shrewd business acumen, died Saturday in Manhattan. He was...

By Lauren Wiseman  |  July 6, 2009; 6:00 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
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Robert S. McNamara -- His Words, Your Forum

It would be hard to think of a more controversial figure from the Vietnam War era than Defense Secretary Robert S. McNamara who died this morning. He was the longest-serving defense secretary in the U.S. He was one of the original Whiz Kids, a corporate chieftain and later World Bank...

By Patricia Sullivan  |  July 6, 2009; 9:10 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (124)
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The Daily Goodbye

Good morning, readers. Robert S. McNamara, 93, Secretary of Defense under Presidents Kennedy and Johnson during the Vietnam War, and later the president of the World Bank, died this morning. You read it here first. Togo W. Tanaka, a former journalist and businessman whose reports on life inside the Manzanar...

By Patricia Sullivan  |  July 6, 2009; 8:11 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (2)
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McNair Update

Nashville police are saying that former NFL quarterback Steve McNair's shooting death was a homicide, the Associated Press was reporting Sunday afternoon. They stopped short of saying it was a murder-suicide committed by the 20-year-old girlfriend found dead by his side. Post sportswriter Mark Maske, who reported the story in...

By Joe Holley  |  July 5, 2009; 4:36 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (1)
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Remembering Major Jack

Not long ago I wrote about the amazing stories that come to light when yet another World War II veteran passes (now at the rate of more than a thousand daily). Here's yet another, from the Telegraph of London. Fighting in Italy in December 1944, then-Lt. Jack Bazzard and his...

By Joe Holley  |  July 5, 2009; 4:10 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
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