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 caveat that we don't know what Aug. 31 will bring. Tell me which ones you think belong in this pantheon as well.
June: Watergate burglar Bernard L. Barker, blueswoman Koko Taylor, actor David Carradine, Ventures guitarist Bob Bogle, Holocaust security guard Stephen T. Johns, the nine victims of the DC Metro subway crash, broadcaster Ed McMahon, pitchman Billy Mays, actress Farrah Fawcett, superstar singer Michael Jackson.
July: Actor Karl Malden, boxer Alexis Arguello, NFL quarterback Steve McNair, CBS anchorman Walter Cronkite, author Frank McCourt, novelist E. Lynn Harris, Defense Secretary Robert McNamara, choreographer Merce Cunningham, Philippine president Corazon Aquino.
August: screenwriter Budd Schulberg, filmmaker John Hughes, lobbyist Anne Wexler, Special Olympics founder Eunice Kennedy Shriver, NAACP president Margaret Bush Wilson, guitar innovator Les Paul, economist Rose Friedman, South Korean leader Kim Dae-Jung, political columnist Robert Novak, '60 Minutes' creator Don Hewitt, test pioneer Stanley Kaplan, celebrity writer Dominick Dunne and the lion of the U.S. Senate, Edward M. Kennedy.
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