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Post Mortem: August 2, 2009 - August 8, 2009

The Daily Goodbye

Good morning, readers. How could you possibly be expected to handle school (work, chores) on a day like this? Have you voted yet on which of John Hughes' films (cough... Ferris Bueller... cough) was his greatest? Robert M. Takasugi was what we all seek in a federal judge: compassion for...

By Patricia Sullivan  |  August 7, 2009; 8:09 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (1)
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Which John Hughes Film was Best?

John Hughes, 59, director, screenwriter and producer of films such as "The Breakfast Club," "Ferris Bueller's Day Off," "Planes, Trains and Automobiles" and "Home Alone", who died in Manhattan yesterday of a heart attack, created films that centered on teenage angst, and defined a generation. So in honor of the...

By Lauren Wiseman  |  August 6, 2009; 4:59 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (2)
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John Hughes Movie Clips

Just because we loved his films so much, here are some clips we wanted to share of our favorite John Hughes' movie moments. Of course there are more. These are just a sampling we thought you would enjoy. Ferris Bueller's Day Off: Sixteen Candles: National Lampoon's Vacation...

By Lauren Wiseman  |  August 6, 2009; 4:45 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
 
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This Budd's For You

Screenwriter and novelist Budd Schulberg, who died yesterday at 95, was one of the finest writing talents of his generation, and his work stands up remarkably well. He was old, but did not, as has been written, outlive his fame. One reason was the contemporary feel and tone of much...

By Adam Bernstein  |  August 6, 2009; 2:45 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
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The Daily Goodbye

Good morning, fans and newcomers. Last night, perhaps after you shut down your electronic devices, came word that screenwriter Budd Schulberg died. Who was he, you ask? Really famous in the 1950s for writing "On the Waterfront," "A Face in the Crowd" and "What Makes Sammy Run?" and for being...

By Patricia Sullivan  |  August 6, 2009; 8:16 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
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Budd Schulberg and Fleeting Fame

Sometimes the famous outlive their fame. Take, for example, Budd Schulberg, who died today at age 95. There was a time when most movie fans knew his name. He worked with director John Ford in a documentary project for the Army as World War II was ending, and arrested Leni...

By Patricia Sullivan  |  August 5, 2009; 10:02 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
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Caissons Rolling

Most everybody knows "The Caisson Song" -- "over hill, over dale, we have hit the dusty trail, and the caissons go rolling along" -- even if they've never hit the trail, dusty or otherwise; grade-school music teachers considered the rousing piece a staple and maybe still do. But as popular...

By Joe Holley  |  August 5, 2009; 3:17 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
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A Vietnam War That Never Ends

Vietnam still resonates in the American body politic after nearly 40 years. The obit I wrote for today's paper, of Lt. Gen. Julian J. Ewell, is a case in point. Gen. Ewell was a top commander in Vietnam during the 1968-70 period and in the latter half of that period...

By Patricia Sullivan  |  August 5, 2009; 1:45 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
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Navy Vet's Wartime Movies

In the next few days, we'll have a short obit for Robert C. Woodside, a Navy commander who became an expert in guided missile engineering and later worked as an Army Department personnel specialist. Woodside, 89, died of cancer July 27 at his home in Clarksville. If you have 10...

By Adam Bernstein  |  August 5, 2009; 12:46 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
 
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The Daily Goodbye

Eight kids in 11 years -- is there much more about the life of Muriel R. Halliday that you need to know? How about the death of a husband? A full-time job to boot? No car. Church every morning. "Don't think she was the little woman in the shoe. She...

By Patricia Sullivan  |  August 5, 2009; 8:23 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
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The Daily Goodbye

The first black supermodel, Naomi Sims, died in Newark Saturday. Entrepreneurial skills helped her break into the business and later helped her as she started her own business, which made her rich. Not only can you teach an old dog new tricks, but that dog's brain can grow as he...

By Patricia Sullivan  |  August 4, 2009; 8:11 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
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Dark Side of Oz

Come across "Dark Side of the Moon" lately? The Pink Floyd album you used to play over and over when your hair was long, your jeans grungy and your ears were still capable of registering subtle nuances of sound? As a memorial salute to classic rock disc jockey George Taylor...

By Joe Holley  |  August 3, 2009; 1:40 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (1)
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The Daily Goodbye

Good morning! Savor this August heat because the brittle January cold is closer than any of us want to admit. One of the most beautiful places on earth, Big Sur on California's Central Coast, always has that cooling Pacific breeze. Billy Post, a native of the area and a storyteller...

By Patricia Sullivan  |  August 3, 2009; 8:08 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
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King Corcoran

People often ask me which people are the most remarkable characters I've ever written about. There have been many, but today I have someone new to add to the list. Jim "King" Corcoran is one of the most fascinating and frustrating, charismatic and callous people I have ever had the...

By Matt Schudel  |  August 2, 2009; 7:24 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (3)
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Bobby Robson & 'The Hand of a Rascal'

Fans of British soccer are mourning the death of Sir Bobby Robson, who played in the World Cup in 1958 and coached the British national team to an excellent run in the 1986 World Cup. His British team was finally undone in the 1986 quarterfinals by Argentina, whose star player...

By Matt Schudel  |  August 2, 2009; 5:00 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
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