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Patricia Sullivan

Good morning.

Who thinks over a seafood dinner of the fisherman who risked his life for the scallops? Martin Manley started out as a deckhand and became a cook and engineer as he worked his way up to captain. In 1954, he made headlines for bringing back a record-setting 42,000-pound catch. At age 30, his fingers were crushed while he was out at sea. It was 1987 when he finally stopped working a fishing boat and became an advocate in the halls of government. He died Aug. 16 at age 76.

If ubiquity counts for anything, Bobby Graham was everywhere. His claim that he played on 15,000 records was substantially correct, the Independent newspaper says. He was a session drummer and played with plenty of people you never heard of and a few you have -- Van Morrison, the Kinks and Dave Clark. He died Sept. 14.

Another drummer, Sam Carr, who played the blues, died this week. He was the son of the late slide guitar genius Robert Nighthawk, was known as a master of a drum style known as the "Mississippi shuffle." At one time or another, Carr had backed big names like Sonny Boy Williamson II and Buddy Guy.

Marial Yak survived the war in Sudan only to lose his life on a highway ramp in Georgia. One of the "lost boys" of Sudan, he came to the U.S., went to high school and college and was in aeronautical school.

That's about it; it's an unusually quiet day for interesting obits. You can always read Washington Post articles on the departed, which I don't usually post here. We'll be back later with more blog posts.

By Patricia Sullivan  |  September 23, 2009; 9:00 AM ET
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