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Patricia Sullivan

Good morning and welcome to Friday.

I'll bet you never thought about the history of dentistry. Dr. John M. Hyson Jr. could have filled you in. Before his death last weekend, he wrote about the history of the toothbrush, George Washington's dental health and his wooden dentures, African-American contract dental surgeons in the Spanish American War, the establishment of first military maxillofacial hospital and the founding of the West Point Dental Service.

Trish Porter, the strongest woman in Ireland, died suddenly and mysteriously Sunday. She was a power lifter "who had a very large heart," her husband said.

Skateboarders have a bad rep but Daniel Bearer III, in addition to being a Hall of Famer in the sport from the 1960s, later donated much of his time assisting the homeless and needy in and around Santa Monica.

The world is filled with disasters as well as triumph. Nina Dejneha could tell us about the worst -- she survived the Ukranian famine in the 1930s and Nazi labor camps to clean hospitals in Canada.

Be sure to keep an eye on this space over the weekend, as we have blog postings all the time. That's all for now.

By Patricia Sullivan  |  October 2, 2009; 8:09 AM ET
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