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Post Mortem: August 30, 2009 - September 5, 2009

Faking Accomplishments

It doesn't take very long on the obits beat to learn that families routinely exaggerate the importance of their deceased relative's achievements. Occasionally, the deceased person has participated in the deception; often it's simply a matter of relatives who extrapolate from stories they heard or who don't think it's such...

By Patricia Sullivan  |  September 4, 2009; 3:43 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (2)
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The Daily Goodbye

Good morning, all. The retail empire Talbot's is a godsend for the professional woman over the age of 35 who faces a universe of shopping geared toward the pubescent, trendy, non-serious fashionistas. A woman was behind that empire: Nancy Talbot, a self-described "pushy Midwesterner" who with her husband turned a...

By Patricia Sullivan  |  September 4, 2009; 8:02 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
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The Daily Goodbye

Good morning. A little bit of history and a little bit of bizarro news this morning. Elizabeth Mary Leen may not have been able to stop a man from attacking her daughter but she showed a mother's fierce will for the next 28 years, working tirelessly to prevent the man...

By Patricia Sullivan  |  September 3, 2009; 7:57 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
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The Sweet Sound of Gospel

Today I wrote the obituary for Marie Knight, a gospel singer with a powerful voice who during the late 1940s and 50s teamed up with Sister Rosetta Tharpe, an influential gospel singer who blurred the lines between gospel music, R&B and the blues. While Knight was not as well-known as...

By Lauren Wiseman  |  September 2, 2009; 12:31 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
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Erich Kunzel, "Prince of Pops," Dies

Emily Langer, who works in The Post's Outlook section, wrote today's obituary of conductor Erich Kunzel. Langer writes: You've probably heard Mr. Kunzel's music even if you didn't know his name: Since 1991 he had conducted the National Symphony Orchestra in the Memorial Day and July Fourth concerts on the...

By Adam Bernstein  |  September 2, 2009; 11:06 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
Categories:  Musicians  
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The Daily Goodbye

Good morning! Even if you've never endured the July 4 crowds on Washington's subway, the voracious mosquitoes on the National Mall and life-sapping humidity along the Potomac River to listen to the concert and see the fireworks, you probably heard Erich Kunzel's work. He was the guest conductor of the...

By Patricia Sullivan  |  September 2, 2009; 8:00 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
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The Daily Goodbye

For us on the obituary desk, there is always an exciting story to tell. In today's Post, Adam Bernstein wrote the obituary for Chris Connor, a 1950's jazz singer who helped define the genre with her smokey sound. She herself said, "You either have it or you don't have it."...

By Lauren Wiseman  |  September 1, 2009; 6:00 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
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RIP Summer of Obits

Farewell to the summer of big obits. Much has been said about the spate of deaths this summer -- including how much attention obits should give to human flaws that border on criminality -- but we're here to give you just the facts ma'am. So here's my list, with the...

By Patricia Sullivan  |  August 31, 2009; 10:38 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (5)
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The Daily Goodbye

Good Monday morning, everyone. Thanks to Hollywood, we're used to thinking of test pilots as daredevils. Lew Wallick sounds like anything but that. He was Boeing's chief test pilot and was pilot or co-pilot on the first flights of the Boeing 727, 737, 747SP, 757 and 767. Terri Schiavo's father,...

By Patricia Sullivan  |  August 31, 2009; 8:11 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (1)
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Just in Case

Alas the secret is out. Christopher Beam, writing for Slate in the wake of Sen. Edward Kennedy's death, notes that most of the major papers prepare obits in advance for certain people. That includes The Washington Post, although we don't have nearly as many prepared as we'd like to have....

By Joe Holley  |  August 30, 2009; 4:41 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (1)
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Emily Dao's Death at 20

T. Rees Shapiro, a 2009 graduate of Virginia Tech, is a copy aide at The Washington Post. He has become a prolific contributor to the obituary page and wrote today's Local Life story about Emily Dao, whom he first met in college when he began chronicling her unlikely bout with...

By Adam Bernstein  |  August 30, 2009; 3:00 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (5)
 
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