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

Walter Cronkite

The big news today, of course, is the death of Walter Cronkite, the CBS news anchor who led the most respected broadcast jouranalism team of the 1960s and '70s. Cronkite was 92 and, in many ways, outlived his time. He retired -- somewhat against his will -- from the CBS...

By Matt Schudel  |  July 18, 2009; 10:53 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
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Video: Three Classic Cronkite Broadcasts

On the Assassination of Martin Luther King Jr.:   On the Assassination of John F. Kennedy:   On the First Manned Mission to the Moon:...

By Mike McPhate  |  July 17, 2009; 9:07 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (6)
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Looking Back at Cronkite

I just heard confirmation about the death of Walter Cronkite, longtime anchor of the CBS evening news, who is credited with changing the face of television news. Trying to think about what Cronkite might mean to adults of my generation who were not yet born when he began to make...

By Lauren Wiseman  |  July 17, 2009; 8:50 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
 
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Cronkite, Out of Character

On the afternoon of Nov. 22, 1963, I was sitting in a school library in Waco, Tex., trying to stay awake during study hall, when a shirt-sleeved Walter Cronkite glanced at a clock on the wall, removed his black-rimmed glasses and announced, with an obvious catch in his throat, that...

By Joe Holley  |  July 17, 2009; 5:07 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (1)
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Conductor's Assisted Suicide

In Friday's paper, we have a wire obituary of British conductor Edward Downes, who died this week at the age of 85. He was a conductor of modest renown but his obituary has become a huge story in England because of the manner in which he died. Downes and his...

By Matt Schudel  |  July 17, 2009; 11:48 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (2)
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The Daily Goodbye

Happy Friday everyone. As we close the week out, here's a look at some interesting people who passed away. The L.A. Times today has an obituary on Julius Shulman, a photographer of modern architecture. You might not recognize his name but you may have seen his photographs of the homes...

By Lauren Wiseman  |  July 17, 2009; 8:18 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (1)
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Spotlight: Frank McCourt

Renowned author, Frank McCourt, is in a New York hospice and not expected to recover, according to his brother. The 78-year-old writer and teacher contracted meningitis two weeks ago. Recently he was treated successfully for melanoma, a deadly form of skin cancer. McCourt received the Pulitzer Prize and the National...

By Lauren Wiseman  |  July 16, 2009; 2:24 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
 
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The Daily Goodbye

Another day on the obituary news desk and we have a few interesting tales to share. Michael Klefner, a former Atlantic Records music executive whose credits include transforming the Blues Brothers, Dan Aykroyd and John Belushi, from a "Saturday Night Live" skit into Grammy Award-nominated recording artists, has died. Their...

By Lauren Wiseman  |  July 16, 2009; 8:07 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
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Internet Obituary Hoax

Last week former Washington Post Pentagon reporter Thomas Ricks forwarded an e-mail to us about a promising subject for an obituary. He had received a message about the death of a neglected hero, with this lament: "Michael Jackson dies and it's 24/7 news coverage. A real American hero dies and...

By Matt Schudel  |  July 15, 2009; 5:59 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (1)
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The Daily Goodbye

Morning folks. Let's jump right in. You may have heard his voice but will not recognize his face. Voice actor Dallas McKennon, who is best known for his extensive work as a voice for various animated movies such as "Sleeping Beauty," "Lady and the Tramp" and "101 Dalmations," among others,...

By Lauren Wiseman  |  July 14, 2009; 10:56 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
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The Daily Goodbye

Good morning folks. Hope you are enjoying another cool summer morning. Below are some highlights of obituaries around the net. Sir Edward Downes, a conductor emeritus of the BBC Philharmonic and former associate music director of the Royal Opera House in London, and his wife, Lady Downes, a former ballet...

By Lauren Wiseman  |  July 14, 2009; 10:00 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
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Spotlight: Tierney and Dole

Maura Tierney, whose role as Dr. Abby Lockhart on the medical drama, "ER," ended last year, is undergoing medical evaluation for an unspecified illness, according to NBC. The actress was set to star in a new NBC drama, "Parenthood," slated to premiere on Sept. 23. The network has ceased production...

By Lauren Wiseman  |  July 13, 2009; 1:00 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
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The Daily Goodbye

Good morning readers. Last week it was Steve McNair who was shot to death by his lover. This week, Arturo Gatti, a retired boxer and former junior welterweight champion, was found dead at a Brazilian seaside resort. His Brazilian wife, Amanda Rodrigues, 23, is accused in the killing. The 37-year-old...

By Lauren Wiseman  |  July 13, 2009; 8:14 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
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Remarkable People, Despite the Odds

Occasionally, surprising coincidences occur in obituaries, and today The Washington Post and Los Angeles Times have a rare convergence of three stories about people who were blind or had limited eyesight. Joe Holley has a heartwarming Local Life feature in The Post about John "Buck" Buckley, a star high school...

By Matt Schudel  |  July 12, 2009; 11:53 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
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