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Patricia Sullivan

Good morning, all. What a week for obits -- Don Hewitt, Rose Friedman, Kim Dae-jung, Robert Novak -- and we still have two more working days to go.

Presented with a set of data, Daryl S. Gilbert's job was to figure out "the touchy-feely stuff to help explain the numbers" for market research firm Leo J. Shapiro Inc. For example, she showed the way to sell them to mothers on disposable diapers was to emphasize that they were quicker and more secure than cloth, and easy enough for husbands and baby-sitters to use. Mrs. Gilbert died Sunday.

Tom Brodie used ballpoint pens, broomsticks, pocket knives and string in his work. Not so unusual? He was the foremost bomb expert in Miami and in 28 years of handling grenades and gunpowder, dynamite and detonators, torpedoes and time bombs, only one device seriously injured him: two teenagers' homemade firecracker, in 1964. He died, limbs intact, Aug. 13, the Miami Herald's Elinor J. Brecher says.

Now here's a guy who had trouble with fading fame -- Israeli TV host Dudu Topaz, who allegedly committed suicide in jail, awaiting trial for supposedly plotting the murders of TV execs he blamed for his fall from stardom.

By Patricia Sullivan  |  August 20, 2009; 8:59 AM ET
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