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Post Mortem: October 18, 2009 - October 24, 2009

The antic world of Soupy Sales!

I suppose not many young people today know the name Soupy Sales, but that's their fault, not his. Soupy Sales, who died this week at 83, was a huge TV star in the 1950s and '60s, with a kind of renegade kids' show that made Captain Kangaroo look like week-old...

By Matt Schudel  |  October 24, 2009; 2:17 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
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Women in Obits

We've had a handful of powerful women die recently, including today's obit on Mildred Cohn, and it got me thinking about women's representation in obit columns. As I've noted before, about one-third of the 300 obits we write every month in the Washington Post are about women. Nan Robertson, who...

By Patricia Sullivan  |  October 23, 2009; 11:55 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
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The Daily Goodbye

Good morning, and a pie in the face to you. Comedian Soupy Sales has died. Gilbert Novotny's stainless steel artificial aortic valve lasted 36 years, which is pretty good for a mechanical device. He was only the second person to get one and he died at age 95. Who hasn't...

By Patricia Sullivan  |  October 23, 2009; 8:48 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
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Scientist Mildred Cohn, 96

Mildred Cohn, a remarkable scientist who was unknown to the general public but was immensely influential in her field of biochemistry, has died at the age of 96. As a woman who began her career in science in the 1930s, she overcame many obstacles to gain recognition and was recognized...

By Matt Schudel  |  October 23, 2009; 3:54 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
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The Clubfoot Cure

The only reason for this blog post is because I want to share a great photo of Dr. Ignacio Ponseti, whose obit ran today. Photo is from the University of Iowa Hospitals and Clinics, and Dr. Ponseti is examining the bones of a foot. He perfected a nonsurgical technique 60...

By Patricia Sullivan  |  October 22, 2009; 11:34 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
 
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The Daily Goodbye

Good morning, lovers of autumn colors. And how do you like our blog's new look? When was the last time you remember a poet getting in trouble with the law for poetry? Lenore Kandel could have told you about her book of love poetry banned as obscene and seized by...

By Patricia Sullivan  |  October 22, 2009; 8:53 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
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A Mass Murderer's Tale

Sixty years ago, on an ordinary street in Camden, N.J., Howard Unruh, a quiet man who lived with his mother, began walking up and down River Road with a gun in his hand. Unruh was a 28-year-old unemployed World War II veteran who liked to read the Bible and practice...

By Matt Schudel  |  October 21, 2009; 5:29 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
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Welcome again

Washington Post obituaries editor Adam Bernstein welcomes visitors to our newly updated blog, and to our Facebook and Twitter pages....

By Patricia Sullivan  |  October 21, 2009; 11:57 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
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Billboard obits

Yesterday we told readers of our Twitter feed about a Michigan TV station moving into the obits game by selling local death notices on the air, with an affiliated web site. Today, we hear of obits on billboards in Iowa....

By Patricia Sullivan  |  October 21, 2009; 11:05 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
 
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The Daily Goodbye

Good morning. If you've ever served on a jury, you've probably noticed the court reporter, sitting over a little machine taking notes at the speed of speech. Coley Griffin was a court reporter, but he used a fountain pen with purple ink. He took notes at 260 words per minute,...

By Patricia Sullivan  |  October 21, 2009; 8:00 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (1)
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Farewell, Joe

Before his mug shot disappears from the Murderers' Row atop our blog, we want to say farewell to our colleague Joe Holley, who has just left the Post to begin plying the journalistic trade as a political writer for the Houston Chronicle. Joe, as longtime readers know, is a Texan...

By Patricia Sullivan  |  October 20, 2009; 4:45 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
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'Dr. No' Dies

The stage actor Joseph Wiseman, who died Monday at 91, had an acclaimed career on Broadway and was a memorable supporting actor in films such as "Detective Story," "Viva Zapata!" and "The Apprenticeship of Duddy Kravitz." But Mr. Wiseman was forever linked to "Dr. No," the first entry in the...

By Adam Bernstein  |  October 20, 2009; 10:57 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (6)
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The Daily Goodbye

Good morning. Some cult leaders are ridiculous, and others are just sad, but few are as successful as Elizabeth Clare Prophet, or "Guru Ma," spiritual leader of the Church Universal and Triumphant. Outsiders looking in saw a dangerous collection of people and guns who didn't trust outsiders, willing to believe...

By Patricia Sullivan  |  October 20, 2009; 8:15 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (3)
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The Daily Goodbye

Good morning and happy Monday. With all the talk of swine flu and vaccines, I found the obituary on Ruth L. Kirschstein, 83, a pathologist who helped increase the safety of the polio and measles vaccines, timely and interesting. In addition to this work, Dr. Kirschstein was the first woman...

By Lauren Wiseman  |  October 19, 2009; 6:30 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
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