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Post Mortem: July 19, 2009 - July 25, 2009

Author E. Lynn Harris Dies at 54

E. Lynn Harris, a pioneer of gay black fiction and a literary entrepreneur who rose from self-publishing to best-selling status, died Thursday night after being stricken at the Peninsula Hotel in Beverly Hills. He was just 54. An improbable and inspirational success story, Harris worked for a decade as an...

By Patricia Sullivan  |  July 24, 2009; 4:01 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (3)
 
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The Daily Goodbye

Good morning readers and scanners. I could fill up the post this morning just with good obits from the Washington Post itself. Check 'em out: Mollie D. Somerville who got her start as a writer and researcher working for Eleanor Roosevelt in the White House. Rebecca Lipkin, a globe-trotting producer...

By Patricia Sullivan  |  July 24, 2009; 8:21 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
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Yo Quiero Taco Bell

Gidget died this week -- no, not the teen surf girl played by Sandra Dee in the movies and Sally Field on TV, but Gidget the chihuahua. Gidget became famous in the late 1990s as the star of a series of Taco Bell commercials, in which she said (in a...

By Matt Schudel  |  July 23, 2009; 5:29 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
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The Daily Goodbye

Good morning, readers. Yet another celebrity death: Gidget, the bug-eyed, big-eared Chihuahua, star of 1990s Taco Bell commercials, died of a stroke at the age of 15. John Dawson, founder and lead singer of the psychedelic country-rock group "New Riders of the Purple Sage" with the Grateful Dead's Jerry Garcia,...

By Patricia Sullivan  |  July 23, 2009; 8:10 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
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The Daily Goodbye

Simple rewards -- a hug, a word of praise -- have power beyond reckoning. That's the insight Sidney W. Bijou applied to treating troubled children. His insight and techniques helped establish modern behavioral therapy for childhood disorders like autism and attention deficit disorder. He died on June 11 at his...

By Patricia Sullivan  |  July 22, 2009; 8:18 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
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The Daily Goodbye

A master potter, Otto Heino who reformulated a lost-to-the-ages Chinese glaze that made him a multimillionaire, died last week of acute renal failure. He was 94 and still threw 30 pots a day, packed and shipped all his orders. Good video attached. Like duct tape, WD-40 is one of those...

By Patricia Sullivan  |  July 21, 2009; 8:08 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
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Cronkite's 'Awful Day'

Michael Ramey, an IT guru here at The Post and a fellow Texan, reminds me that Walter Cronkite covered his first big story at age 20, when he was one of the first reporters on the scene of a horrendous school explosion that killed nearly 300 children in the small...

By Joe Holley  |  July 20, 2009; 2:40 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (1)
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A Good Life Is...

What makes a life a good life? Is it career success, monetary wealth, power? Is it winning the race, winning the woman or man, winning at any of the jousts that life offers? Or is it simply enjoying fulfilling relationships? The Atlantic magazine's June issue had a cover story headlined...

By Patricia Sullivan  |  July 20, 2009; 1:14 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
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The Daily Goodbye

Morning, all. I guesss you've heard by now that Frank McCourt, who wrote the deeply sad but lyrical memoir, "Angela's Ashes," about his Irish boyhood, died yesterday in New York. Through it, he said, "I learned the significance of my own insignificant life." Dr. Yury Verlinsky, who died of colon...

By Patricia Sullivan  |  July 20, 2009; 8:05 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
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'Angela's Ashes' Author Frank McCourt Dies at 78

Frank McCourt, the Irish-American author of the acclaimed memoir, "Angela's Ashes," has died at age 78. Read The Post's obituary by Matt Schudel here. McCourt was in his mid-60s when he published "Angela's Ashes" in 1996, and it became a huge bestseller and an instant classic of the modern memoir....

By washingtonpost.com Editor  |  July 19, 2009; 8:02 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (3)
 
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