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Post Mortem: September 6, 2009 - September 12, 2009

The Daily Goodbye

Good rainy morning, and what a sendoff for the founder of the Weather Channel. The 1960s division between hardhats and hippies was often more rhetoric than fact, as shown by the life of David Irish Sullivan (no relation), a social and political activist who became a construction worker himself. True...

By Patricia Sullivan  |  September 11, 2009; 8:08 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
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Frank Batten Sr.; created Weather Channel

Frank Batten Sr., a Norfolk, Va., publisher who founded the Weather Channel and was the 190th richest person in America, has died at 82. We'll get an obituary up as soon as we can get one prepared....

By Matt Schudel  |  September 10, 2009; 12:27 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
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The Daily Goodbye

Good healthy morning. You may have never heard of Ernesta Rachel Dunbar, but maybe you just aren't worldly enough. She was very big in Taiwan, China, Singapore, Malaysia, Indonesia, United Arab Emirates and elsewhere in Asia. In the U.S., she performed with Philly soul singer Teddy Pendergrass, saxophonist Grover Washington...

By Patricia Sullivan  |  September 10, 2009; 8:25 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (1)
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Walter Cronkite Memorial

We streamed the video of Walter Cronkite's memorial service, and here's the edited, archived verson; add your thoughts in our new discussion forum....

By Patricia Sullivan  |  September 9, 2009; 11:06 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
 
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The Daily Goodbye

Good morning. It's interesting to note the impact of a movie on contemporaneous obits. Take the hit film "Julie and Julia," Nora Ephron's homage to chef Julia Child. I'm thinking that without it, we would have paid a lot less attention to the deaths of Sylvia Schur and Silver Palate...

By Patricia Sullivan  |  September 9, 2009; 9:00 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
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The Bedford Boys

In my September 5 obituary for Elliot Berlin, I mentioned that the Alexandria-based documentary filmmaker had recently completed work on "Bedford: The Town They Left Behind." I noted that the documentary explores "the impact of the D-Day invasion upon a small southwestern Virginia town that lost several of its young...

By Joe Holley  |  September 8, 2009; 3:05 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
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The Daily Goodbye

Good morning, and I hope you survived "Terrible Traffic Tuesday." Pretty slow news day for interesting obits, but here are a few. Rocky Bridges spent only nine years on the San Jose, Calif. police department, but he earned a legendary reputation. He survived an ambush by armed robbers, and years...

By Patricia Sullivan  |  September 8, 2009; 8:20 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
 
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The Daily Goodbye

Happy Labor Day, workers of the world, and all those who toil for a medium of exchange. Robert Spinrad, director of Xerox's Palo Alto Research Center when the technology that led directly to the modern personal computer, the ethernet local area network and the laser printer was developed, has died....

By Patricia Sullivan  |  September 7, 2009; 8:08 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
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Diz and Buddy

Baseball fans of a certain age will remember Buddy Blattner, the baseball broadcaster who teamed with Dizzy Dean throughout the 1950s on "Baseball's Game of the Week," first on ABC-TV, then on CBS. The duo also broadcast Mutual's "Game of the Day" on radio. Blattner died of cancer Sept. 4...

By Joe Holley  |  September 6, 2009; 5:44 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (1)
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