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Patricia Sullivan

Good Monday morning, weekend athletes and underachievers alike.

Arthur Ferrante
, of those lush, piano-driven movie tunes in the 1960s, died this weekend in Longboat Key, Fla. His musical partner, Lou Teicher, died just a year ago.

Zalman Lavan saw the future in solar energy back in the 1970s and moved us all down the road toward it with his research at the Illinois Institute of Technology. He focused not just on expensive solar collectors, but in 1974, Dr. Lavan produced a study that showed how window shades, properly employed, could cut home-cooling costs by 21 percent and heating costs by 8 percent.

When he was ordered to shut down his alma mater because it lost its accreditation was in deep debt, Rev. Robert Hayes couldn't do it. What he could do was raise money and save that school, and by extension, other historically black colleges by starting what became the Lou Rawls "Parade of Stars," a program that has raised millions of dollars for those colleges.

Jose Antonio Ortega Bonet
teamed up with the Unanues family, founders of the Goya food company, and brought the world a line of products that find daily use in mostly Hispanic home-kitchens all over the U.S. and Puerto Rico, the Sazón Goya line of seasoning products.

Maybe it's just because our temporary work quarters are in a windowless, low-ceiling, all-beige room but I feel a kinship to Maurizio Montalbini, the cave-dwelling scientist who sacrificed more than two years of his life to understand how the mind and body copes with complete isolation. (We have about 20 colleagues to keep us company in "Meeting Room 7" while we wait for the main newsroom to be renovated, but you get the point. Let us know you're out there -- e-mail and blog comments still work.)

By Patricia Sullivan |  September 21, 2009; 9:00 AM ET  | Category:  Patricia Sullivan , The Daily Goodbye
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