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Post Mortem: October 25, 2009 - October 31, 2009

Roy DeCarava, photographer in black and white

Roy DeCarava, one of America's great photographers, has died at the age of 89. He spent much of his life documenting his native Harlem, only he wouldn't have used the term "documenting." He considered himself an artist whose medium happened to be photography and consciously steered away from the journalistic...

By Matt Schudel  | October 30, 2009; 1:17 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (1)
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The Daily Goodbye

Good morning. John Harris, while in the employ of the National Enquirer, was sent hither and yon, searching for Utopia. Every time he thought he found it, the newspaper owner found a reason to shoot it down. It was the greatest assignment ever given to any reporter in any newspaper,...

By Patricia Sullivan  | October 29, 2009; 8:30 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
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Maria Shriver on Grief

Maria Shriver knows about grief, given all the tragedies that have afflicted her extended family over the years. Like most in the large Kennedy family, she's been private about her losses but she made an exception Tuesday when at a conference about women, she talked about dealing with the death...

By Patricia Sullivan  | October 28, 2009; 11:06 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (3)
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The Daily Goodbye

Good morning. The founder of Sonic drive-in, Troy Smith, died Monday. Ever hear of it? It's a $600 million publicly traded company based in Oklahoma City, which operates nearly 3,600 drive-ins and serves more than a million customers daily. Irene K. Fischer put a tape measure around the earth for...

By Patricia Sullivan  | October 28, 2009; 8:29 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
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The Daily Goodbye

Good morning, readers. Have you ever temped? If so, you probably know Manpower Inc. and in that way, Elmer Winter touched your life. Its first ad said "Women, work when you want as long as you want. We have a need for typists, stenographers, bookkeepers," Winter said. "The next day,...

By Patricia Sullivan  | October 27, 2009; 8:21 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
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The Daily Goodbye

Good morning! Delightful story in the Baltimore Sun this weekend that will be good to remember during the flu season. A physician working during the 1918 flu pandemic was erroneously reported dead, but lived another 49 years. It was written by the well-regarded obit reporter, Jacques Kelly. Jeffry Picower, 67,...

By Patricia Sullivan  | October 26, 2009; 8:09 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
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