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Patricia Sullivan

Good morning.

Just the thought of a cup of Coca-Cola in a cake makes my tongue shrivel this morning, but it was popular with Bernice Watson's family, friends and (of course!) customers of the Coke cafeteria in Atlanta.

Alvena Smith Lupo, the manager of a New Orleans movie house who thought it unfair that theaters owned by film studios had first crack at first-run movies, died Friday at her New Orleans home. So she boarded a train to Washington DC and saw the Attorney General. He reinstated a federal lawsuit against the studios, and that led to a a landmark U.S. Supreme Court antitrust decision forcing film studios to divest themselves of their theaters.

Venture capitalist Craig Johnson , whose practice prospered in part by accepting equity in startups as a form of compensation from, for example, Yahoo and Hotmail, has died. He recently launched Virtual Law Partners, a firm without the high overhead of a formal office that theoretically would provide lower-cost legal service.

The producer who with humorist Art Buchwald sued Paramount Pictures over stealing their concept for the movie "Coming to America" has died. Alain Bernheim and Buchwald sued for $5 million and ultimately settled for $825,000.

Call him an activist poet or a community poet, just don't call Will Inman an anti-establishment poet. "People who set out to be anti-establishment end up as the other side of the establishment -- as part of a shadow establishment," he said in a 1985 Arizona Daily Star article. "I'm more interested in a new affirmation that doesn't just pick up its energy from protest. I'm not interested in making separations but in ways of being that set in motion the building of bridges. It's so easy to polarize."

By Patricia Sullivan  |  October 6, 2009; 8:10 AM ET
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