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Patricia Sullivan

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 died at the age of 85.

Ruth Ford was an actress on stage and screen, but was best-known for the salon she created at her apartment in the Dakota Building in New York; she counted William Faulkner, Cecil Beaton, Truman Capote and Andy Warhol among her friends. She died Aug. 12.

First African-American game official in pro sports, Burl Toler slipped on the striped shirt after a prominent college football career and a pro career cut short by an injury. Hired by the NFL in 1965, he spent 25 years as a field judge and head linesman.

Remember this man when schoolkids drag their feet on the way to classes in September. Kenyan Joseph Maruge, believed to be the world's oldest pupil, has died. He cried in January because his life-ending illness prevented him from going to class.

The same man who invented a cold remedy, NeoCitran, also came up with Chocolate Fudge Crackle ice cream. Cort Kortschot, a native of the Netherlands, has died in Ontario, Canada.

Just as all the hoopla about the 40th anniversary of the Woodstock festival dies down, we learn about the death of one of the performers: Danny McBride, a guitarist with the 1950s revival group Sha Na Na, has died.

The former owner of Gilleys, the Texas honky-tonk made famous in the 1980s film Urban Cowboy, has died. Sherwood Cryer invented the iconic mechanical bull, and made millions from the movie, which was filmed at the bar but later went bankrupt in a dispute with his one-time partner, Mickey Gilley.

And I couldn't let you go without noting the death of the 108-year-old Dingo Lady, Nellie Bowley, in Australia. She gained national and international prominence for her ability to call, trap and shoot dingoes on her property.
Nephew Eric Watts said at one time she caught 30 dingoes in 30 nights. "They called her 'The Dingo Girl' when she started trapping dingoes at the age of 12 and she was still setting traps 93 years later," he said.

By Patricia Sullivan  |  August 18, 2009; 8:59 AM ET
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