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Patricia Sullivan

Good morning on a rainy Friday (at my house, anyway).

Were your hopes of becoming the next Wilt Chamberlain dashed when you failed to shoot up past 4-foot-10, sprout? Did your layout lay about and when you set a pick, others picked you off? Is that what's troubling you, bunky? Well, shake off those blues and be like James "Blinky" Brown and have a hand in basketball history by opening the gym for the future Wilts.

An Oakland, Calif. physician known for fighting HIV/AIDS has himself died. Dr. Robert C. Scott III was renowned for giving free treatment to indigent patients in Oakland, spreading awareness of and compassion for sufferers of the illness and even setting up a volunteer practice in Zimbabwe.

Margo Wilson, an evolutionary psychologist, shed light on why animals - human and non-human - kill each other, attack their spouses and experience jealousy. "Men lay claim to particular women as songbirds lay claim to territories, as lions lay claim to a kill, or as people of both sexes lay claim to valuables," she once wrote.

If you ever doubt the hold that American football holds on its fans, Rex Plock, a fan of the University of Nebraska Cornhuskers, could educate you. He held off death to watch Nebraska defeat Missouri in a televised football game.

This obit is a little dated, but the Economist weighs in on Reinhard Mohn, who led Bertelsmann, the world's sixth-biggest media group.

For ecologists, burial in the traditional manner poses all kinds of problems. Robert Krulwich, one of the finest American broadcast reporters, considers whether to casket or go au naturel. In other radio news, reader alerted me to the BBC's obituary series, The Last Word, which airs on Fridays. It's not online yet although it will be in a few hours. I've listened to several and they're quite good.

Have a great weekend; I'm off Monday but we'll have someone else sitting in on this shift, so don't forget to come back then.

By Patricia Sullivan  |  October 16, 2009; 9:00 AM ET
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Patricia: This is a very interesting blog that I only recently discovered. I wish that (Dr.) Richard Whitcomb had been included in your daily pantheon. His long obituary by T. Rees Shapiro appears on page B6 of the 16 October 2009 Post. Unfortunately, some of Dr. Whitcomb's achievements were not included in the article. I hope this shortcoming is corrected.

Posted by: Dr_Gene_Nelson | October 16, 2009 11:12 AM | Report abuse

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