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Patricia Sullivan

Good morning, readers.

There's nothing newspaper writers like better, other than other ink-stained wretches, than photographers, and Irving Penn's death yesterday brought out the full range of obits from the Washington Post, the New York Times, the Los Angeles Times, the Boston Globe and the Associated Press.

Just as Washington has Giant supermarkets, Florida has Publix, and Idaho has Albertsons, the Chicago supermarket is Jewel. Joe Slattery "made the homeliest vegetable or plainest deli meat sound like a mouthwatering treat," the Tribune wrote, in three decades as the baritone voice of the grocery store ads. The Trib failed to post an audio of Slattery, an oversight that makes me nostalgic to hear that imitable voice again. Readers, does anyone have a link?

Speaking of rolling words around on the tongue, try out the name of this Pacific Northwest tribe: Quileute. Frederick Woodruff, a longtime elder of the Quileute Nation who turned the tribal tradition of canoe journeys into an annual event, died Sept. 25.

Sorry to rant so early in the day, but why don't more obits have photos online? Haruko Crawford, for example, taught the art of flower arranging to many people across the U.S., and yet there's not a single photo of her visual art with her obit.

The dean of Washington state winemakers, David Lake, has died. As the winemaker for Columbia Winery for 26 years, Lake made the first vineyard-designated wines in Washington, as well as the state's first Syrah, Cabernet Franc and Pinot Gris. Raise a glass to him.

I'm sure there have been other obits of members of the Framingham Heart Study, but this is the first one I've seen. Donald Prince, who died Oct. 3 at age 99, was part of it from the beginning. Of 5,200 original participants in the study, fewer than 300 are living. The study, in case you don't know, uncovered the link between smoking and heart disease in 1960, and the connection between obesity and heart failure in 2002.

A stuntwoman died at 92 (probably a record). Jewell Jordan Mason's obit in Variety is a bit thin, but she performed in "The Good Earth," "Wuthering Heights," "Ninotchka" and "Destry Rides Again."

BTW, sorry this posting is a little late. The delay was caused by ... well, by my failure to get up in time. Hope your day started well.

By Patricia Sullivan  |  October 8, 2009; 9:02 AM ET
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