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Patricia Sullivan

Good morning, insiders.

After the deaths of "Bid 'em up" Bruce Wasserstein, wrestler Captain Lou Albano and Nan Robertson, who chronicled the lawsuit that basically made well-paid careers possible for female journalists, it's going to be interesting to see what news comes today.

William Wayne Justice, whose rulings changed the way the state educated children, treated prisoners and housed its poorest and most vulnerable citizens, has died. Judge Justice -- was there ever a better name for a magistrate? -- ruled that Texas prisons constituted cruel and unusual punishment, which led to sweeping changes. But he thought his most important ruling came in Plyler vs. Doe, which gave the children of illegal immigrants the right to a free public education.

Ah, this country has so much variety. Way down in New Orleans, the grand marshal of the Zulu Social Aid and Pleasure Club has died. So well known was Harold Dudley, who imparted a somber grandeur to the funeral processions he led for three decades, that a local joke says "If you were in the hospital and you knew Dudley was coming, you woke up right away. You recuperated fast."

South African saxophonist Winston Monwabisi Mankunku Ngozi bridged the gap between South African and American jazz music. "His compositions are already standards, they're anthems for South African jazz music," said Cape Town International Jazz Festival organiser Rashid Lombard.

Bob Westmoreland, a Hollywood makeup artist best known for "Close Encounters of the Third Kind" and "Hill Street Blues," died in Hawaii Oct. 6.

Remember the sculptor whose giant inflatable artwork broke free from its moorings in July 2006, killing two women when they fell from the Dreamscape sculpture? Maurice Agis has died in Spain.

By Patricia Sullivan  |  October 15, 2009; 8:13 AM ET
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