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Post Mortem: August 23, 2009 - August 29, 2009

John Jay Daly, PR Wizard

Everyone on the Obituaries desk has gotten to know John Jay Daly over the years. He took it upon himself to let us know when neighbors and local residents had died and drafted many obituaries that he sent our way. The time has come, unfortunately, for Mr. Daly's obituary to...

By Matt Schudel  |  August 29, 2009; 7:34 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
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Spotlight: DJ AM

Celebrity deejay DJ AM, whose real name was Adam Michael Goldstein, was found dead earlier today in his SoHo apartment from an apparent drug overdose, according to the New York Post. He was 36. He may have been best known for working the celebrity club scene, dating starlets including Nicole...

By Lauren Wiseman  |  August 28, 2009; 9:02 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (14)
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The Daily Goodbye

Good morning! And what a week for obits, eh? The end of August used to the quiet time, when obit writers worked on advance pieces, polished feature stories, considered what needed to be done. I took three days off in the middle of this week and my colleagues handled the...

By Patricia Sullivan  |  August 28, 2009; 9:00 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (1)
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Ellie Greenwich, Songwriter

I have to confess that I had never heard of Ellie Greenwich before she died this week at 68. But I've certainly heard of the songs she wrote in the 1960s with her husband, Jeff Barry: "Be My Baby," "Chapel of Love," "River Deep, Mountain High" and, of course, the...

By Matt Schudel  |  August 28, 2009; 6:51 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
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Deadline

Like most newspapers that take obituaries seriously, The Post started working on an advance obit for Sen. Ted Kennedy shortly after he was diagnosed with brain cancer in May 2008. We were ready when the senator's death was confirmed in the early hours of Wednesday morning, although we continued revising...

By Joe Holley  |  August 27, 2009; 11:38 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
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Dominick Dunne, 83; updated

Dominick Dunne, the irrepressible Vanity Fair reporter who became a journalist and novelist late in life, died Aug. 26 at his home in Manhattan. He died right on deadline for morning newspapers, but fortunately I had prepared an obituary several months earlier, which I updated and reworked and managed to...

By Matt Schudel  |  August 26, 2009; 5:39 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
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Kennedy's Gift

I first met Ted Kennedy in the early 1980s in San Antonio, where he was attending a reception at the downtown law offices of Pat Maloney, a wealthy and influential trial lawyer and old-line Democratic fundraiser. It was early evening, in the summer, on the beautiful rooftop patio of the...

By Joe Holley  |  August 26, 2009; 10:21 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (1)
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Short, Nervous Cowboys

Elmer Kelton, the prolific Texas writer who died Aug. 22 at age 83, had a terrific way of describing the ordinary folks he wrote about in his novels about cowboys, Indians, ranchers and frontiersmen. "I can't write about heroes seven feet tall and invincible," he liked to say. "I write...

By Joe Holley  |  August 24, 2009; 5:48 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
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Battle of Online Death Notices

Intriguing article from Boston Globe yesterday about tributes.com and its effort to challenge legacy.com in scooping up advertising dollars for paid obits. Both Web sites challenge newspapers for dominance in the market for Death Notices, those paid eulogies that have nothing to with the news obits written by reporters. Both...

By Adam Bernstein  |  August 24, 2009; 1:10 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
 
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The Daily Goodbye

Good morning, all. In case you missed it, the leading ufologist (I still can't believe that's a word) Richard Hall has died. Love the lead, from our ace intern Rick Rojas: "Richard H. Hall was never abducted by aliens and never saw a UFO with his own eyes. Yet his...

By Patricia Sullivan  |  August 24, 2009; 7:41 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (1)
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They Came from Other Worlds

Rick Rojas, an intern here at The Post this summer, is a political science major at Texas A&M University, so he's used to hearing jokes and snide remarks about Aggies. I haven't asked him, but maybe that's why Rick was drawn to write about Richard M. Hall, this Sunday's fascinating...

By Joe Holley  |  August 23, 2009; 5:12 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
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