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Post Mortem: September 27, 2009 - October 3, 2009

The Daily Goodbye

Good morning and welcome to Friday. I'll bet you never thought about the history of dentistry. Dr. John M. Hyson Jr. could have filled you in. Before his death last weekend, he wrote about the history of the toothbrush, George Washington's dental health and his wooden dentures, African-American contract dental...

By Patricia Sullivan  |  October 2, 2009; 8:09 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
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The Obit You'll Never See

It can get monotonous, but we do background checks and information searches for every obituary we do, even it it's a local person of no particular renown. Most of the time, we find nothing -- the vast majority of people lead their lives out of the public eye in more...

By Matt Schudel  |  October 1, 2009; 4:23 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (4)
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The Daily Goodbye

Good (brrr) morning. If you want to be really chilly, read about Charles Houston's adventures in the Himalayas. He almost gasped his last in 1953 during an epic retreat on K2, the world's second highest mountain, and later immersed himself in the study of why we get sick at high...

By Patricia Sullivan  |  October 1, 2009; 9:00 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
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Sam Carr, Bluesman, Dies

Blues guitarist and singer Terence McArdle works on the local desk at The Post, and whenever a blues figure dies, he's clamors to write the story. His story on Jelly Roll Kings drummer Sam Carr, who died Sept. 21, will appear tomorrow. McArdle writes: The music of the Jelly Roll...

By Adam Bernstein  |  September 30, 2009; 12:44 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
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The Daily Goodbye

Good morning! We in the obituaries game love librarians and researchers and archivists of all kinds so the Philadelphia Daily News obit of Keith Doms doesn't surprise in the least. "There is something magical about walking through the Free Library's main branch with Keith Doms, something enchanting and exhilarating, like...

By Patricia Sullivan  |  September 30, 2009; 9:00 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
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The Daily Goodbye

Good morning everyone. Former president Guillermo Endara, who led Panama to democracy after the U.S. invasion that toppled dictator Gen. Manuel Noriega, died Monday. He was 73. Maybe you didn't know that Milwaukee, that stalwart blue-collar city in the middle of the U.S., had a Socialist mayor for a dozen...

By Patricia Sullivan  |  September 29, 2009; 9:00 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
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Just in Case

Among the many speeches Bill Safire wrote for Richard Nixon and Spiro Agnew was one he was surely glad Nixon never had to give. On the occasion of the Apollo moon landing in July 1969, he wrote two speeches -- one congratulating the astronauts and one eulogizing their sacrifce in...

By Joe Holley  |  September 28, 2009; 4:00 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
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RIP Lucy in the Sky with Diamonds

Lucy Vodden, who provided the inspiration for the Beatles' classic song "Lucy in the Sky with Diamonds," has died after a long battle with lupus. She was 46. (Be sure to check out all three pictures of her there.) There's a story associated with how Julian Lennon's preschool drawing of...

By Patricia Sullivan  |  September 28, 2009; 3:58 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (1)
 
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Bootie Wilson Dies

The A.P. reports the death Sept. 21 of John "Bootsie" Wilson, a former lead singer and last surviving member of the soul group the Silhouettes. He was 69 and lived in Spartanburg, S.C. After leaving the Silhouettes, which is best known for its hit "Get a Job," Rev. Wilson...

By Adam Bernstein  |  September 28, 2009; 1:36 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
 
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The Daily Goodbye

Good morning already. In case you didn't hear the news yesterday, conservative political columnist and "oracle of language" William Safire died Sunday. Lovely obit by Timesman Robert D. McFadden; our own cleanup hitter, Joe Holley, penned a quick piece on deadline. Donald G. Fisher, co-founder of the Gap, has died....

By Patricia Sullivan  |  September 28, 2009; 9:00 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
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William Safire dies

William Safire, 79, conservative political columnist and word maven, died today at a hospice in Rockville, Md., reportedly of pancreatic cancer. The full Washington Post obit can be found here. Mr. Safire, who won a Pulitzer Prize for commentary in 1978 for his scathing columns on the Carter White House...

By Patricia Sullivan  |  September 27, 2009; 2:47 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (23)
 
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The Fed's Canary in the Meltdown

As I read the investigation into the Federal Reserve on the front page of this morning's Washington Post, I remembered an obit from about two years ago of a Fed governor, Ed Gramlich. Sure enough, not far into the story about how the Fed failed in its duty to enforce...

By Patricia Sullivan  |  September 27, 2009; 12:14 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (4)
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