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Patricia Sullivan

Good morning! And what a week for obits, eh?

The end of August used to the quiet time, when obit writers worked on advance pieces, polished feature stories, considered what needed to be done. I took three days off in the middle of this week and my colleagues handled the rush. Look at the obits just from this week: Stanley Kaplan, Dominick Dunne, Sen. Edward Kennedy, tap dancer Ernest "Brownie" Brown, hitmaker Ellie Greenwich, and ... well, you've been reading them yourselves, at our web page, I hope.

On to news of the day: Beryl Sprinkel, who had a key role in advising former President Reagan in the wake of the 1987 stock market crash, has died.

A writer whose first novel was banned in South Africa, probably as much for the title ("He's My Brother") as the content, died Aug. 11 in Oakland, Calif. Sheila Roberts' book was republished as "Johannesburg Requiem" in 1980.

I don't know how common this is, but it strikes me as extraordinary -- a man kept statistics for three college or professional sports teams over the years. Roland Freudenthal, who died Aug. 20, kept the stats for the Minnesota Twins baseball team, the Minnesota Vikings football team and the University of Minnesota Gophers football team. He wasn't a professional athlete himself, although he once batted against baseball great Satchel Paige, and he was past president of the Minneapolis Figure Skating Club.

One of the few remaining Flying Tigers from World War II, Charles R. Bond Jr. has died. He qualified as an ace for the number of enemy planes he shot down. He was shot down twice himself, the first time attacked by three Japanese fighters. His clothing and aircraft caught fire as he parachuted into a cemetery. The second time, he took shrapnel to the head, and carried it with him the rest of his life.

One of the first female photographers at the Associated Press, Mary Morris Lawrence, died Aug. 12 in Oakland, Calif.

Let's regroup Monday and see the toll that's been taken in August. In the meantime, have a good and healthy weekend.

By Patricia Sullivan  |  August 28, 2009; 9:00 AM ET
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As Edward Kennedy is buried in Arlington National Cemetery, I would ask anyone who views the event to concentrate on the fields of crosses which populate the ground there. Did you know that the legislation which he promoted caused the murder of 50 million babies in this country, whose corpses would fill a cemetery 100 square miles? Arlington National Cemetery is less than 1 square mile. America needs to repent its sins and seek GOD'S grace through our one LORD and SAVIOR, JESUS CHRIST.

Posted by: yoursnJESUS | August 29, 2009 10:01 AM | Report abuse

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