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Patricia Sullivan

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 is noteworthy. He memorized the names of Baltimore Orioles season ticket holders and their seat locations.

Vasily Aksyonov, a prolific Russian writer and one of the last dissidents to be exiled from the Soviet Union, died yesterday at the age of 76. He wrote more than 20 novels during a career that included his forced exile from the Soviet Union in 1980 after he was branded as "anti-Soviet.'' His most famous prose works were "The Burn,'' "The Island of Crimea,'' and "The Moscow Saga,'' known in English as "Generations of Winter.''

Takeo Doi, a psychoanalyst and writer who dealt with the concept of "amae," or emotional dependency on and the desire to be cared for by authority figures, died Sunday. The AP version has a bit more information.

French tennis player Mathieu Montcourt died in Paris this morning. Only 24 years old, ranked 119th in the world, he died in the stairwell of his apartment; cause is not yet known.

Among all the stories about the death of Robert S. McNamara, this one struck me; Joseph Galloway, author of "We Were Soldiers Once, and Young," who still bears animosity toward the former Defense Secretary, but who found a startling story about the anger others felt toward the architect of the Vietnam War.

A moment of remembrance, all you wired denizens, for the end of Compuserve's life. The service had a good 30 years and although its early years were most exciting and innovative, we salute its lifelong service.

LA Times deputy obit editor Claire Noland talks shop on radio.

I wrote the Ed Hanrahan obit last month but I never heard the story of the St. Patrick's Day parade in Chicago. Enjoy.

There was an interruption in Internet service this morning which almost meant a delay in posting The Daily Goodbye. Luckily, it resolved itself; I resolve to keep pumping these out despite glitches, if you'll keep reading. Til tomorrow...

By Patricia Sullivan |  July 7, 2009; 8:31 AM ET  | Category:  Patricia Sullivan , The Daily Goodbye
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