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Patricia Sullivan

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, a philanthropist accused of profiting more than $7 billion from the investment schemes of his longtime friend Bernard Madoff, was found at the bottom of the pool at his oceanside mansion in Palm Beach, Fla. Sunday, police said. His death will make it more difficult for victims of the Madoff scam to recover their money.

Those who advise entrepreneurs always say to find a niche and fill it. Who would have thought homemade ravioli was a niche? Virginia Toscano, the second Mama Toscano in St. Louis, prepared up to 9,000 ravioli a day for sale to restaurants and groceries.

Ray Browne, who coined the term "pop culture" and studied the stuff of everyday life - whether comic books, fast food, pop tunes, or situation comedies - died Thursday in his Bowling Green, Ohio home of congestive heart failure.

In 1932, Harold B. Pough, his brother and two friends saw hawk after hawk being shot while migrating. Pough returned to photograph the results of the slaughter and his photographs ultimately led to the creation of the first refuge for birds of prey in the world. Mr. Pough died Oct. 9 and never returned to the Berks County, Pa. mountain where he had seen the slaughter.

Bodyguard to Pope John Paul II, Camillo Cibin died Sunday morning in Rome. He was often was seen running alongside vehicles to protect the pontiff in John Paul's 104 pilgrimages abroad. He was also nearby when, on May 13, 1981, a Turkish gunman shot John Paul in St. Peter's Square.

The man who kept the buses running during the Irish Troubles, Werner Huebeck, was best known for carrying suspect - and sometimes real - bombs off buses and for driving some vehicles on particularly dangerous routes during civil disturbances. A former member of Hitler's Africa Corps, he was a POW in Louisiana for much of World War II. By the time he retired in 1988 it was calculated that despite the loss of 1,100 buses and the deaths of 11 transport staff, Heubeck had personally cleared close to 100 incidents.

By Patricia Sullivan  |  October 26, 2009; 8:09 AM ET
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