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Post Mortem: October 11, 2009 - October 17, 2009

The Daily Goodbye

Good morning on a rainy Friday (at my house, anyway). Were your hopes of becoming the next Wilt Chamberlain dashed when you failed to shoot up past 4-foot-10, sprout? Did your layout lay about and when you set a pick, others picked you off? Is that what's troubling you, bunky?...

By Patricia Sullivan  | October 16, 2009; 9:00 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (1)
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The Daily Goodbye

Good morning, insiders. After the deaths of "Bid 'em up" Bruce Wasserstein, wrestler Captain Lou Albano and Nan Robertson, who chronicled the lawsuit that basically made well-paid careers possible for female journalists, it's going to be interesting to see what news comes today. William Wayne Justice, whose rulings changed the...

By Patricia Sullivan  | October 15, 2009; 8:13 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
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Death of Nan Robertson

Nan Robertson, 83, a Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist who wrote about her nearly fatal struggle with toxic shock syndrome, then wrote a book about gender discrimination that's become a standard text in journalism, died last night of heart disease at Collingswood Nursing and Rehabilitation Center in Rockville. She lived in Bethesda....

By Patricia Sullivan  | October 14, 2009; 4:28 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
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Captain Lou Dies

AP reports the death of Captain Lou Albano, which the news agency describes as "the charismatic professional wrestler who appeared in Cyndi Lauper's 'Girls Just Wanna Have Fun' video." He died Oct. 14 at age 76 of undisclosed causes....

By Adam Bernstein  | October 14, 2009; 2:34 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (1)
 
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Queen of Libya

The Times of London has a first-rate obit today clearly written by a Libyan expert who could make sense of the tangle of tribe loyalties and royal intrigue surrounding the life and death of Fatima al-Sanussi, the last queen of the North African country. After they were ousted and Gaddafi...

By Adam Bernstein  | October 14, 2009; 11:38 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
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The Daily Goodbye

Good autumn morning. Raise a glass (but just one) to Joseph Barboriak, who found that a few drinks a day helps to lower choloesterol. But no more than one or two and no more than one ounce of the hard stuff. Al Martino whose smooth ballad crooning was popular in...

By Patricia Sullivan  | October 14, 2009; 8:24 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
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Not exactly an obit

This isn't really an obit, since Herblock died awhile ago (sorry if most of the links on that page don't work -- blame the ever-evolving nature of web archives), but the Library of Congress and others are celebrating the long-time political cartoonist's 100th birthday with an exhibition and the Post's...

By Patricia Sullivan  | October 13, 2009; 4:01 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
 
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The Daily Goodbye

Good morning, all. A Jewish refugee who fought in the Battle of the Bulge, helped liberate Nuremburg, interrogated Nazi war criminals and then helped RCA create color television has died. Richard Sonnenfeldt died Friday at his home in Port Washington, N.Y. after 86 years of changing the world. The first...

By Patricia Sullivan  | October 13, 2009; 8:15 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
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Autumn and Obits

At Salon, Garrison Keillor writes of autumn -- and obits: "That is what fall means in St. Paul, Minn. It's maple trees telling us about mortality and that life is short and can't be put on Pause and each of us is as fragile and forgettable as a maple tree....

By Joe Holley  | October 12, 2009; 11:04 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (1)
 
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The Daily Goodbye

Good morning! Harriett Allen, who knew a good desert when she saw one, has died after of lifetime of protecting the dry California environment. In her early 80s, a fellow activist spotted her in the Mojave Desert "camped in her sleeping bag at a 5,000-foot elevation -- and loving it."...

By Patricia Sullivan  | October 12, 2009; 8:11 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
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