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Patricia Sullivan

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 a friendly witness before the Communist-hunting Congress. A lot less famous today, although there were signs of an incipient revival. At 95, he couldn't wait much longer.

George Bluestone
definitely knew who Schulberg was, because Bluestone wrote about how movie directors and screenwriters turn great books into films. A working, if not wildly successful, writer himself, he taught at Boston University.

Aeronwy Thomas, "had no illusions about being a serious writer herself," the Times in London said, although she published poetry and translated others. Her main work, though, was serving as the custodian of the legacy of poet Dylan Thomas, her father.

Dick Gottier rubbed elbows with Mafia brutes in the 1940s and toddlers in day care centers 60 years later. He helped build the first mass-produced color television set, worked on secret radio communications for the Cuban Missile Crisis and created computers for day care centers. He died July 20 at age 90.

Digging deeper into the past, John Nolan witnessed the Japanese surrender to the U.S. aboard the battleship Missouri in 1945. He went on in his life to become an executive of the American Heart Association who worked to help people with special needs in Philadelphia. He died Saturday of cancer at age 83.

Donald Marshall, a man whose name is almost synonymous in Canada for wrongful conviction, died today in Nova Scotia at age 55.

Lest I inundate you with Washington Post obits, I try to steer readers to others around the web. But exceptions are worthwhile, and here's one today of Bud Arberg, who adapted an old tune into the U.S. Army's official song. Now see if you can get that ditty out of your head...

By Patricia Sullivan  |  August 6, 2009; 8:16 AM ET
Categories:  Patricia Sullivan , The Daily Goodbye  
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