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Patricia Sullivan

Morning, all. Welcome to Friday.

Have you had the yen to run away to the sea? Warren Titus made that possible, even if just for a week or 10 days. He was one of the fathers of the modern cruise concept; he helped convert staid British liners into cruise ships, by marketing segments of long voyages as vacation trips. The liner company later morphed into Princess Cruises.

Maybe you prefer to get your kicks on Route 66. Bruce Rossmeyer understood the notion of getting your motor running; he owned 15 Harley-Davidson motorcycle franchises in Florida. He died on his hog on a Wyoming highway, on the way to the Sturgis biker rally in South Dakota.

Was Larry Siemering really the oldest NFL player before he died at 98? Football is a brutal sport that takes a major toll on bodies, so may be so.

Do the math: Effie S. James was 104 years old when she died last week. Her father Civil War veteran who had fought with the Union Army in the Civil War (1861-1865, for our foreign readers).

I have to say, one of the hardest obits I've had to do in years appeared today. Stone and Holt Weeks, the sons of a well-liked former Post reporter and his wife, a talented artist, died in a terrible highway collision a week ago. Both were just starting their adult lives and seemed like the kind of people who had already made a good start in this world. The whole newsroom's heart (and it's a big one) goes out to their parents.

Obit magazine's weekly assessment of the week's death is live this morning. The Grim Reader is a nice catchup for those who haven't been paying attention (to the Post or PostMortem? Impossible!)


By Patricia Sullivan |  July 31, 2009; 8:18 AM ET  | Category:  Patricia Sullivan , The Daily Goodbye
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