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Post Mortem: August 16, 2009 - August 22, 2009

The Daily Goodbye

Good morning, everyone. Cuba's diva, mezzo-soprano Marta Perez, was the first Cuban to sing at Milan's La Scala opera house. You may have seen her on the Ed Sullivan show, unless you run in the La Scala circle. She died this week, at age 85. Here's another musician you may...

By Patricia Sullivan  |  August 21, 2009; 9:00 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
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Opera Star Behrens Dies

Emily Langer, an opera enthusiast who works in The Post's Outlook section, writes: Hildegard Behrens, one of the finest opera singers of her generation, died at a Tokyo hospital on Tuesday after suffering an aortic aneurysm. The German-born soprano, 72 years old, was still performing--she was in Japan to give...

By Adam Bernstein  |  August 20, 2009; 5:05 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
 
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The Daily Goodbye

Good morning, all. What a week for obits -- Don Hewitt, Rose Friedman, Kim Dae-jung, Robert Novak -- and we still have two more working days to go. Presented with a set of data, Daryl S. Gilbert's job was to figure out "the touchy-feely stuff to help explain the numbers"...

By Patricia Sullivan  |  August 20, 2009; 8:59 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
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Tell Us About Don Hewitt's Legacy

"60 Minutes" creator Don Hewitt died today in New York. Though many associate him with that show, and rightly so, he was a huge force in journalism for 15 years before starting the "newsmagazine" format in 1968. He created many of the techniques of modern TV newscasts, made huge advances...

By Patricia Sullivan  |  August 19, 2009; 11:48 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (5)
 
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The Daily Goodbye

Good morning, and let's hope all of yesterday's anger in the online comments section is behind us. What the death of a Nobel Prize-winning president of South Korea and the death of longtime conservative columnist Robert Novak, we must have run out room in newsprint for Rose Friedman, the free-market...

By Patricia Sullivan  |  August 19, 2009; 8:55 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
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Tell Us: What's Robert Novak's Legacy?

The columnist Robert Novak died today in Washington of brain cancer. Novak was a smart and aggressive reporter, and his memoir, "Prince of Darkness," was one of the most illuminating books about how official Washington works, namely the equal manipulations of journalists and politicians. It was such a good book...

By Adam Bernstein  |  August 18, 2009; 12:21 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (248)
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The Daily Goodbye

Good morning, ardent believers in the end of the recession. Remember, once you've lost your job, your house, your car, you can always sell your cemetery plot. If you're looking for breaking obit news, here it is: Former South Korean president Kim Dae-jung, winner of the Nobel Peace Prize, has...

By Patricia Sullivan  |  August 18, 2009; 8:59 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
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The Daily Goodbye

Good morning, all you stay-cationers, essential employees/employers and those otherwise unoccupied with the commerce of the world. Nancy A. Cahill, who died Aug. 4, made her work into others' play. As a historic guide for Philadelphia's Centipede Tours, she dressed in a colonial costume and led visitors through the streets...

By Patricia Sullivan  |  August 17, 2009; 8:10 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
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Wish I Was In Dixie

So is there a quintessential movie about the American South? One you'd recommend to your visitors from New Zealand who might have expressed an interest in the land of kudzu and barbecue? "To Kill a Mockingbird" maybe? "Gone With the Wind"? "Deliverance"? The question came to mind when I was...

By Joe Holley  |  August 16, 2009; 4:44 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (1)
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