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Patricia Sullivan

Good morning!

Even if you've never endured the July 4 crowds on Washington's subway, the voracious mosquitoes on the National Mall and life-sapping humidity along the Potomac River to listen to the concert and see the fireworks, you probably heard Erich Kunzel's work. He was the guest conductor of the pops concert that millions heard on public television and radio broadcasts, and also directed the Cincinnati Pops Orchestra since its founding in 1977.

Joseph J. Corvi, a career burglar who co-wrote a book about life in prison, died at age 92. Love this line, from Sally Downey at the Philadelphia Inquirer: "In April 1958 he was arrested again after he was caught in his new Chevrolet Impala admiring 145 pieces of gold, diamond, and pearl jewelry he had stolen from the wife of a restaurant owner in South Philadelphia."

Lawyers may be important, but few have lives that make for good obits. Here's the exception to prove the rule: Daniel Hoffman of Denver, who marched with Dr. Martin Luther King, co-owned a pro basketball team, and got pop superstar Michael Jackson to sing for a jury.

So many obits are written about actors, actresses and directors of obscure, outdated movies that only film buffs recall. How about a moment, then, for Richard Moore, a cinematographer who shot some popular movies and then helped develop Panavision, which revolutionized film in the 1970s with a hand-held studio camera that could record sight and sound simultaneously.

Gladys Hartley
was a dancer, not a gymnast, but she coached numerous Canadian athletes who became national and international gymnastic champions, including several Olympians.

The Montana Supreme Court will hear a case today that could result in the Big Sky country becoming the first U.S. state where medical aid in dying is a protected right under a state constitution.

By Patricia Sullivan  |  September 2, 2009; 8:00 AM ET
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