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Patricia Sullivan

Good morning, and let's hope all of yesterday's anger in the online comments section is behind us.

What the death of a Nobel Prize-winning president of South Korea and the death of longtime conservative columnist Robert Novak, we must have run out room in newsprint for Rose Friedman, the free-market economist who with her husband Milton urged the nation toward a more libertarian economy, died Tuesday in Davis, Calif.

Hildegarde Behrens, considered one of the finest Wagnerian sopranoes of her generation, has died at age 72. She's not to be confused with the "incomparable Hildegarde," the cabaret singer who died four years ago of whom I once asked, "So, what do you do?" Her answer to the callow college student was "My darling, I *am* Hildegarde."

I suppose building your own airplane, if you do it right, is no more risky than building your own, oh, burial vault. But knowing two people who died in planes built out of kits ensures I'd never fly in one. Others weren't such scaredy-cats and Bud Evans found there are plenty of do-it-yourselfers who liked constructing airplanes out of wood and wire.

No such problems with automobiles, of course. A man who moved the General Tire Corp. one of the "big five" tire makers, into space, defense and polymer products has died. Jerry O'Neil was one of the last descendants of the company's founders.

Doris Walker
was a lifelong Communist, and a 49ers season ticket holder, which only goes to show you can't generalize. A radical lawyer, she was best known for fighting to acquit Angela Davis. She died at age 90.

By Patricia Sullivan  |  August 19, 2009; 8:55 AM ET
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